Saturday, March 23, 2013

Earth Hour! - Revisiting Get Together Get Creative

Happy Earth Hour everyone!  Tonight at 8:30 p.m. everyone across the world is encouraged to turn off their lights for an hour to conserve energy.


While the lights are out, take the opportunity to play a board game with your family, chat with friends and neighbours or take a walk to look for stars. 

Today we're revisiting "Earth Hour - Get Together, Get Creative", a post from last year.  It has fun ideas you can do with your family and friends during Earth Hour and they all use recycled materials which make them extra earth friendly!




Hundreds of millions of people across the world will switch off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour. Join them and help make a difference while teaching your kids some valuable environmental lessons.

One great way to pass the hour is to host an Earth Hour Party with friends and neighbours. Because the point of the evening is to take us back to nature, the simpler the better! Round up some flashlights, put out some candles and get ready for some fun.

Host your own Recycled Art Party during Earth Hour. Put out a long table with a variety of materials salvaged from the recycle bin. With candles in hurricanes, mason jars or lanterns lining the centre of the table, children young and old can get their creative juices flowing and take home an earth friendly keepsake. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Sapling Holder:


I love the idea below because it uses recycled materials but it would also be a great vessel for growing a sapling or a small houseplant that would further help our earth!

Image & Idea: Unknown

Materials Needed:

  • Tuna/Salmon/Canned Meat can (cleaned thoroughly)
  • Plain clothespins
  • small glass container (votive containers are perfect)
  • potting soil
  • small houseplant or sapling

Directions:

  1. Clip clothespins around the edge of the can.
  2. Fill the glass container with soil.
  3. Plant the plant/sapling in the soil.
  4. Place the glass container in the can.

If you can't find saplings, plant seeds. Kids love watching them grow and when they get bigger you can transplant them outside.


Make Your Own Recycled Bird Feeder:


Image & Idea: FamilyFun.com

Materials Needed:

  • Empty 1 litre pop bottle with lid (thoroughly cleaned and dried)
  • marker
  • 2 wooden spoons
  • craft knife
  • small eye screw
  • twine for hanging
  • bird seed


Directions:

* Prepare the holes for the wooden spoons prior to the party so people do not need to work with knives by candlelight.
  1. Mark a spot about 4" above the bottom of the bottle with the marker. Mark another spot on the opposite side of the bottle in the same spot.
  2. Repeat step 2 again a few inches lower but going the opposite directions (you should end up with a mark on all 4 sides of the bottle)
  3. Use your craft knife to cut a hole big enough for the handle of your wooden spoon to pass through at each mark.
  4. Remove the cap and screw in the small eye screw.
  5. Fill the bottle with birdseed.
  6. Replace the cap and string a length of twine long enough to hang from a tree.
To make this project even more fun, have the kids decorate the spoons before inserting them to make them truly their own!

More Ideas:

How about an air guitar concert with cereal box guitars...


Image & Idea: The Fraker's Acres


...or create an amazing Recycled Garden...


Image & Idea: Laugh, Paint, Create

...or some funky bracelets made from old t-shirts?


Image & Idea: Lil Blue Boo

Still looking for more inspiration, take a peek back at "The Lowly Cereal Box gets Upcycled".

Don't forget to turn off the lights and help save our planet. Happy Earth Hour Everyone!

1 comment :

  1. Love that wild bird feeder! I know the theme of this is creativity "on a dime," but to get kids really interested in birding, or if it seems like they might be developing an interest, it's wisest to invest in a squirrel proof wild bird feeder so they're actually going to see birds and not lots of other nasty critters. Thanks for helping families save the earth!

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