We're out to save the planet, or at least a little electricity, with the help of a Fancy Nancy inspired Earth Day craft.
In Jane O'Connor's Fancy Nancy: Every Day Is Earth Day, Nancy becomes very enthusiastic about being green - too enthusiastic for her family's comfort. Together, they find ways they can take care of the planet, while still living, comfortably in it - like turning off the lights in empty rooms. That's a problem area in our house.
To help the children remember to turn their lights off, when they leave their rooms, I thought they could make reminder signs, to hang from their light switches.
I drew the signs on the back of an unfolded cereal box (we love recycling cereal boxes!), and cut them out for the girls to "fancy" up.
My initial thought was they could trace out the words with markers, and then add some fancy touches with Elmer's 3D Washable Paint Pens (I picked them up by mistake this weekend, thinking I was grabbing more glitter glue). Of course, once the girls saw the paint pens, they lost all interest in markers, and traced the words in paint instead.
The pens handle pretty well, and even my youngest (age 3) managed with to trace most of the letters legibly. The signs are blobbier than I had planned, but the girls love them.
Once, the paint dried, I punched holes in the top corners, and tied on ribbons for hanging.
We're feeling greener already.
It's great to be a homeschooler.