I saw THIS fabulous magazine clippings Earth Day Collage at Artsonia and put it on our To-do list for Earth Day this year. I love how ours turned out!
We started with a circle cut out of cardboard (ours was about 10" in diameter), and a rectangle backing for our artwork. You can see in the picture below that I free handed part of the world onto our circle in pencil to help us make our collage.
We also looked through several old magazines that I keep for crafting and tore out pages that had lots of black, green and blue on them.
To start our collage, we tore little pieces of the black colored magazine pages and glued them around our cardboard backing, leaving a circle empty in the middle to put our Earth. It is helpful to trace your circle onto the cardboard backing before starting.
Next we got started on our Earth. I knew getting the blue pieces to line up around the countries would be difficult so I helped my kids with this part and just let them know it didn't need to be perfect. After outlining the countries with the blue torn magazine pages, we added glue in the rest of the water areas and finished putting the water pieces in place. You can see below that my toddler was a big helper.
Here is what ours looked like after we were done with the blue water pieces. We did the same process for adding the green land pieces and finished filling in the Earth.
After adding the green land pieces, I trimmed around the Earth to cut off any pieces that were hanging off the ends, and then we glued it onto our cardboard backing. It looks so cool! My boys found a page that had a bunch of sugar on it and they glued those pieces around to look like star clusters. I love it!
One thing we talked about this year was how big our Earth is and how small our town is when we compare it to the size of the Earth on a map or globe. To go along with this theme and with a book we checked out at the library (I'll show you in a minute), I made this little flag for us to put at our location on the Earth.
These Mini Wooden Sticks that I received from Craftprojectideas.com came in so handy when making my flag. They are so much safer than using toothpicks because they don't have the sharp edges, and they are made out of real wood. They come in this huge pack of 500 so you can accomplish so many different projects with just one package.
My boys helped determine exactly where to put the stick after looking at a globe we have. I poked a little hole in the spot with a small screw driver and after filling it with some school glue, we put the flag in it. I wished we had family or friends that lived in different parts of the World because it would be fun to make lots of little flags to show different locations.
I always enjoy talking about our Earth to my children and all the different kinds of things we can each do every day to try to help out. Books are obviously a fun way to incorporate learning and these are some that we read this year:
I Can Save the Earth by Alison Inches
Dora Celebrates Earth Day! by Emily Sollinger
It's Earth Day! by Mercer Mayer
This is Me and Where I Am by Joanne Fitzgerald
This is the book that inspired us to use the little flag in our Earth Day Craft. This is a simple book that helps explain to children where their physical location is in the world. In the world there is a country. In that country there is a city. In that city there is a neighbourhood. In that neighbourhood there is a street. etc. It opens up lots of discussion for helping kids learn their address, their city, State and Country.