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Crafting for the Climate

A child crafting with paper with help from an adult with the text "Crafting for the climate"

A child crafting with paper with help from an adult with the text 'Crafting for the climate'

Grab some household materials and build a useful, eco-friendly craft with Academy Educator Amy Hoyt. Learn how small everyday actions can help to reverse climate change and benefit the environment as you create a useful item out of trash. Different recyclable materials will be featured at each session! Send us pictures of your creations. We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @acadnatsci. 

Recommended for ages 5–9

February 2021: Seed Starters

In order to grow most plants, you need to start them indoors. They need more careful care when sprouting and starting the growing process. The best way to start these plants off is to use a small pot and then bring them outside once they are big enough. You can make starter plant pots out of many materials you find around your house. Toilet paper tubes are easy to come by and a perfect size for sprouting seeds. They also break down easily and quickly when planted in soil.

Materials:

  • Toilet paper tubes
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Seeds
  • Soil
  • Tray

January 2021: Seed Cake

Flowers have a defined growing season, a time of the year when the seeds begin to sprout, grow flowers, produce seeds and die off. Animals like birds depend on these growing seasons to remain largely regular throughout the years. Climate change alters temperatures and weather patterns in different regions, causing plant growing seasons to be disrupted, change or totally inhibit plants from growing in an area that historically they are found. This in turn prevents birds from getting the food they need to survive. Let’s help out the birds in our area.

Materials:

  • Table covering
  • Cookie cutters or baking mold 
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 and 1/2 package unflavored gelatin (4 tsp.)
  • 4 cups bird seed
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Drinking straws
  • Thin string or twine