The Garden at Oswegatchie School is a sustainable organic garden where children get a hands on experience learning where their food comes from while developing an appreciation and respect for nature. The Garden will be a learning center to teach gardening as well as incorporating art, music, literature, math and science. It is a place where children are encouraged to join in and participate in the process of creating, developing and maintaining the garden!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Getting Ready For Earth Day

The rain kept the Garden Club inside this afternoon. We decided to do a project to celebrate Earth Day, Recycled Paper Seed Disks or as the children called them Plant-able Paper Earths. The project was a big hit with the kiddos. I think because it was SO messy. The great thing about the project was they got a hands on lesson in recycling. We used paper scraps from the school's art room and the seeds that were embedded into the paper pulp came from seeds saved from the marigolds grown  in the Garden last year.

Basic materials include screening, jars with open screw top lids, paper, circle forms, and seeds.

You will also need a blender (one you can dedicate to craft projects) and water. 

First the children separated blue and green scraps from the art room scrap bin.

The paper was torn into tiny pieces.

We soaked the paper scraps in warm water until it was softened.
Working in small batches (keeping colors separate) we blended the paper scraps into pulp.
Once we made the slurry, the children we then ready to build their planets. If doing this project at home you will need more blue than green slurry.

They started with a layer of blue slurry.

They then added their green land forms.
At this point we sprinkled some of the marigold seeds on to each planet and had the students push as much water out of them as they could. We removed the planets from the jars and blotted them on a towel to soak up any excess water.

Now we just wait for them to dry.
Clean up is an important part of respecting our school.

Once the disks are dried we are going to give them to the children to bring back to their classrooms to celebrate Earth Day. To plant them all they will have to do is put them in dirt, water them and place in a sunny spot. Recycled materials that help beautify the school. Many children were eager to ask their parents if they could do this project at home. The link for instructions can be found here.

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