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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?

New Chicken Co-op

Apr 14

newcoops

Sometimes I call the hen houses, chicken co-ops. Chicken Co-op
is a good name because all the hens are working together and own
their own business.

I know the hen’s homes are called chicken coops. But I live
in Wisconsin, and we have a lot of co-ops here. Our food store
in Kickapoo Valley is a co-op. The taxi cab company here is a
co-op also. A co-op is a business where every worker is a part
owner in the company.

But the real reason I am writing is that we just finished painting
the chicken Coops – co-ops! They will look so beautiful when the
snow is on the ground too. We used MILK PAINT again.

The hen’s are so happy with the new houses as my Dad called them.
The hen’s seem to be standing up straighter than before and their
clucking is louder now.

My Gaylord Nelson report

Apr 20

Dear Diary, today in class I presented my report on my hero Gaylord Nelson the founder of Earth Day, and a Wisconsin native. As you know Earth Day is in just two days!! I can’t wait!! The chickens and I are looking for creative ways to upcycle old things we found in one of the barns. One idea Ophelia had was to make an old horse yoke, collar into a stick. She said you could use the yoke to point at things. Horace the muskrat said Ophelia’s idea was not her best effort to date. Horace frowned briefly, and said the horse yoke would be better as a post for a mailbox or part of a fence.

I am just glad Ophelia and Horace are speaking to each other again after some (domesticated bird to remain nameless) burned the green bean casserole. The casserole was for the dinner when we were hosting the honorable Tamshing the Binturong from Bhutan. He came to Kickapoo Valley to speak about Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness index at our Earth Day conference held in Ironwood log #12.

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What is a Binturong? A binturong is also known as the Asian bearcat, but is not a bear, can climb trees and looks more like a cat.

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.

Planting a potato

Sep 06

Plant a potato and get sixWe had some old potatoes in our kitchen that began to sprout leaves in a paper bag underneath our sink. My mom told me that we can take the old potatoes and plant them like seeds in a pot full of dirt. After 13 weeks the old potato that I planted in a basket of soil grew into a new plant. And when I pulled the potato plant out of of the dirt like my mom told me to do there were six new potatoes ready to eat! Six potatoes grew from one old one!

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!.

Happy New Chair

Jul 13

Happy New ChairToday, my dad found an old chair under the hay in our barn. I helped him clean the old dusty chair with soap and water. My Dad said we can make the old chair happy and new if we paint it in new bright colors. The old chair looked so sad but we did not want to throw it out. My father has a friend that makes milk paint in all kinds of colors. Milk paint is safe and very earth friendly. I used milk paint and painted the chair in pink, green, and purple, and some other color I forgot which one. I also painted cute flowers on and we now have a happy new chair on our porch. The End.

Cooperation in the tree

May 19

cooperation in the treeThe squirrels live downstairs from the opossums. The opossums live downstairs from the owls. They all live together in a crooked, dead oak tree at the top of the hill.

Sometimes there is complaining in the tree. Sometimes the squirrels play their music too loud, or the owls make too much hooting noises. Or sometimes the opossums just hang around upside down all day, but they all get along, cooperation is the word my mom taught me.

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/