We here at CARE Actor believe in kindness towards the Earth. After all, it's our one precious home. Today we'd like to share some ideas of how you can celebrate EARTH DAY with your child no matter the age!
FEATURED BOOK: THE GREAT KAPOK TREE
This lively book by Lynne Cherry is one of our favorites! Take your child into the wonderful world of the Amazon rainforest where sloths and snakes alike whisper into the ear of man with the ax to save the Great Kapok Tree. "Senhor," they cry "if you cut down the forests you will destroy that which gives us all life."
After reading the book here are a few questions to ask and activities you can do:
Want to add this book to your library? We put together an EARTH DAY book list that has the GREAT KAPOK tree along with several other amazing picture books and resources for your kiddo to check out!
ART ACTIVITY: FLOWER-FUL NATURE PRINTS
EARTH DAY BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE THREE RRR'S
Today I want to share a fond memory from the first year of CARE Actor. In Fall 2009, I had the privilege of working with a group of 1st & 2nd graders at Timber Lane Elementary School in Falls Church, VA during their two week intersessions--a program where students took a break from regular school studies to participate in enrichment programs. The class was called ARTISTRY IN MOTION. The idea was similar to what we now call DRAMATIC KIDS! where we take a positive value & topic and turn it into an entertaining, yet informative play. I was still getting familiar with the process of working with a group of students to put together a play. And I remember one of the exciting, but scary parts of starting over with a new group of students was not knowing if they were going to enjoy the process or resist it. But this group of eager, bright eyed students loved it!
That week, I wanted to explore the concept of kindess towards the environment. Specifically, RECYCLING, REUSING, and REDUCING. Again, I would worry they would lose their attention and get bored because sitting in a circle going over a packet of information would feel like school, but to my surprise they were into it. And their concern for the planet was touching! And not only that, they brought up extremely good ideas on how to be more kind to the Earth. Wish it could be so easy with adults! Just saying...but I digress...
After that my job was super easy! From brainstorming to storyboarding, to improvising scenes, we created one of the funniest stories I've ever written with kids about a group of pirates spreading the word about the Three R'S or ARRRGH's as the pirates would say! It was simply genius! On the day of the performance the children were so excited to present their story to the entire school! Their enthusiasm filled me up. I will never forget the moment of pride I felt for them. I hope they don't either. And to this day it's one of my favorite experiences working with CARE Actor. To me, theater is such a powerful tool to inspire creativity and educate each other. Thanks for reading!