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Earth Day Chair Project

Apr 22

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Earth Day is here. Over 1 billion people all over the WORLD
participate in EARTH DAY, which makes this celebration the
biggest on the planet!!

Do you remember our tips on how to make an old chair new?
It is so easy to do:

1) Simply clean your old chair with a bucket of warm water
and environmentally friend soap.
2) Sand the old chair with sandpaper where ever there
are bumps or cuts. Start with 60 grit for the roughest parts. Make sure the chair’s surface is smooth finish with 120 grit.
3) Draw a simple picture of your chair and color or decorate it as you want.
4) Go to your LOCAL hardware store. Pick out MILK PAINT colors that match your drawing.
5) Paint your old chair with MILK PAINT to match your cute
drawing. Use a house brush for large areas and painter’s brush for small details
6) Let your chair dry outside in the air.
7) Sand the chair lightly with 200 grit and paint once more.
8) Use the 200 grit sandpaper once more to smooth out the 2nd coat of MILK PAINT.
9) Wipe the chair with a soft cloth.
7) ENJOY YOUR CHAIR!

Earth Day is coming!

Apr 14

happyearthday

EARTH DAY is only eight days away! My forest friends and I have so many exciting things we are doing to celebrate EARTH DAY.

We are alway thinking that EARTH DAY is everyday. We try to make small changes in our lives to help the PLANET.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?

Valentine’s Day Robot

Feb 13

Today after dinner the doorbell rang. My mom looked at my dad, my dad looked at me and I looked at Myles who was on the floor by my feet. “Who could that be at this hour?” my mom asked my dad. My dad got up from the couch and went to the front door to look. “Hmm it looks like it is someone for Beatrice” he said.

I jumped up from the couch and Myles ran with me to the front door. When I opened the door I saw Kirby’s steam powered, robot named Watt standing with a arm full of flowers. “Happy Varen..ti-n-duh” Watt said. “I am sorry Watt I don’t understand what you are saying.” I said to Watt. Watt was quiet and then repeated the same thing “Happy varen ti-n-duh.” My dad walked up to me and put his hand on my shoulder and said “I think Kirby’s robot is saying happy Valentine’s Day.” “Ooh how sweet.” my mom said. “Thank you” I said to Watt as he handed me the flowers and said “no thank you.”

Kirby wanted Watt to give me the flowers today because he knew that it is already Valentines day in Tuvalu. Since Tuvalu is in the Oceanic time zone it is already Tuesday, February 14th, Valentine’s Day. “How clever and thoughtful of Kirby” my mom said I turned my face away from her because I was blushing.

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WATT THE ROBOT is a steam robot that gets energy from the sun via solar panels and mirrors on his back, arms and head. The sun hits the robot’s solar panels & then heats the water so hot in Watt’s metal stomach that the water becomes steam! The steam then goes through metal pipes and pushes pistons which then turn the gears of Watt’s engine creating electricity! The electricty powers Watt’s brain, arms, legs and voice.

A solar powered steam engine first premiered at the Paris World’s Fair (Exposition Universelle) in 1878! Inventor Auguste Mouchot’s solar powered ice maker made quite a stir for the crowds visiting the fair that year!

Do you like robots? Send Beatrice your favorite robot story. If she posts your story you will get your very own Beatrice sticker set.

Myles’ favorite game

Jan 19

Today I played with Myles in our house after school since it was so cold outside. Brrr! He invented a game where he sits at the top of the back stairs in our house and drops his ball down the steps to me. Boing, boing, boing the ball bounces down each step to me as I try to catch it. I then throw the ball up the stairs to him and Myles catches it with his mouth and then waits for me to ask him to drop the ball down the steps again. Mom and dad said that Myles really taught me how to fetch well.

Myles toy ball is made from old plastic bottles and wood scraps. I don’t know how to make a toy like this. My mom told me that the U.S ‘s Forest Product Laboratory is in Madison, Wisconsin where scientists research about making new products from wood and recycled plastic.

Forest Products Laboratory USDA Forest Service in Madison.

What kind of games does your dog like to play?

Cute mobiles

Aug 19

Hand made mobilesToday, my friends and I made mobiles from the recycled papers we found at the paper co-op in our town. The mobiles are so cute, and easy to make. To start, find six sheets of recycled colored paper that you like. Next, begin by drawing flowers, or trees or birds, on your colored recycled paper. Now draw some circles that are large enough to surround your cute flowers, or trees on a piece paper.

Make sure you have two pieces of paper paired together for each circle and the cute drawing you made. Now use mom or dad approved scissors and cut out your flowers or trees out. When you are done cutting you will have two flowers or trees. Cut out your circles so you have six circles. Finally, glue the two circles together and two cute flowers to each side of some used or recycled black string.

And now you have your own mobile that you made yourself!.

Making a cute recycling box

Jul 11

cute recycling boxMy friends and I have another idea for a small project at home to help save the planet. 1. Find a big box in your home. Boxes make a great place for putting recycling things in.

2. Make the box into a very, cute recycling box by gluing colorful, construction paper with non-toxic paste to the sides, or you can paint the sides, or draw on them. You can draw a silly face on the recycling box like I did, or flowers, or trees or a smiling earth. It is better if you find colored paper to cover your box that is 100% post-consumer, or recycled!

3. Your new cute recycling box is ready to use. You, your mom, or dad can start saving the planet by putting used papers, cardboard, glass or plastic containers (with the recycling logo) in your cute recycling box!

My Flower shoes

May 22

Flower shoesI have some really cute shoes my dad bought me for school. I don’t like to wear shoes but these shoes are very cool. These cute, pink shoes are cool because they are only made out of recycled materials. if you plant the shoes in the dirt they are will disappear because they are biodegradable and they will become beautiful flowers in your garden!

Kickapoo puppets parading

May 16

puppet pageantry of plastic bottlesSaturday, I was in the Kickapoo Valley Puppet Parade with my friend Kirby, and classmates from my school. I saw puppets of all sizes, and all shapes. There were puppets the size of buildings, and as small as your finger.

Everything that most people throw in the garbage was used to make the puppets. All the puppets paraded down the street to a their new home a sculpture garden in the town square. Some of the puppets in the garden will become homes for vegetables and fruits too.

Visit “Procession of the Species” a puppet parade in Madison:

http://madprocession.blogspot.com/

Scrap, scrap, coat

May 13

Beatrice's pink dressMy mom is a genius. I don’t know how she can make so much beauty out of ordinary things. She made this coat for me out of wool scraps, rug scraps, upholstery scraps. She made the cute flower buttons from recycled plastic bottles. She put big pockets on the coat for me to carry seeds, a small shovel, and my binoculars. It is my favorite coat because my mom made it for me.