Fabulous Finds Friday — Earth Day Crafts

It’s almost Earth Day, so to celebrate I thought I’d share a new book that has lots of earth-friendly projects. The book, “Grow Your Own Tree Hugger,” by Wendy Rosenoff, is aimed at children, so the projects are not very sophisticated. However, some of the projects offer great ideas for crafty recycling, which is fun for everyone.

Sections in the book include food projects, crafts and even projects suitable for a school science fair. The food section, for instance, includes recipes for healthy treats, instructions for building a solar oven using a box and aluminum foil and making organic bath powder.

Crafts, all suitable for children of any level, include an air freshener made of cinammon sticks, a tie-dye t-shirt using natural dyes, a tote bag made from a bath towel and flowers created from plastic bags.

There is also a section with projects suitable for a science fair, such as making an eco-friendly cleaning solution, using ladybugs instead of insectisides in the garden and that science-fair staple: making a volcano using baking soda and vinegar. 

The book also has “chat points” that provide a jumping off place for discussions about the environment.

(“Grow Your Own Tree Hugger: 101 Activities to Teach Your Child How to Live Green,” by Wendy Rosenoff, provided by Krause Publications. www.krausebooks.com $19.99, ISBN 13: 978-1-4402-0367-1)

Happy Earth Day! And I’ll be back soon with a card.

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