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‘Earth Awareness’ Kid-made Quiz. And, a Gorgeous Recycled Art Journal Folder

Welcome to the Earth Day Celebrations Blog Hop :-)

Join this meaningful event; check out the first of our series of Earth Day projects, and enjoy dozens of more Earth Day relevent ideas.

Every day is an Earth Day! Can there be any other way? We ARE who we are because we have this marvelous Earth as our home!

And, observing the Earth Day, I think, is a meaningful way for us to pause, reflect and realize why a home as magnificent as our blue-green Earth deserves our highest regard.

Honestly, I’ve found myself thinking deeply these days about how all we Earthly beings are connected in a divine way. It feels kind of spiritual that we all are united in more ways that we can fathom. Ways that are more profund, deeper and even complex than we can ever comprehend.

May be we will come to realize the intensity of this divine connection if we ever come to know of life thriving on another planet…? I mean, if Mars is ever populated, probably then we will feel a solidarity with each other as simply – ‘beings of Earth’.

May be – then, ONLY this will be a ‘good enough’ reason – sharing a common home – rather than factors like country, race, ethnicity etc

As it was portrayed in the John Carter movie – “John Carter of Earth” instead of a mere “John Carter from Virginia”!

Moving on to the Earth Day celebrations blog hop – alright, it’s LIVE today! I’d love for you all to link up something that you will do to celebrate this Earth Day, which is on April 22. Please link only ONE post showcasing your Earth Day art, craft, community service project – anything really that celebrates our Mother Earth! More than 35 bloggers from around the world  Earth are participating in this blog hop, right here! Have a look at all the amazing ideas to get inspired.

Okay, moving on to our Earth Day Awareness, Recycling and Art Project!

We focused on ‘Earth Awareness’ last week because I believe that the more we and our children get to know about our Earth, the more we will be able to appreciate it’s beauty and essence in our lives – and take responsibility to preserve, protect, nurture.

I’d like to call it developing a bond with Mother Earth – by reading, through nature walks and nature study. When we take time to understand and connect – be it another human being or our Earth, we will stand up to protect the person…or in this case – our Earth.

Pari came up with an Earth Day quiz last week and has been playing a quizmaster ever since. She’s been quizzing each and every family member – me, Avie, her Uncle (mama), Aunt (mami) and friends.

She made a set of 11 questions to begin with – from the wonderful ‘I Wonder Why’ series of books. Some of the books from the set that we read together: ‘I Wonder Why the Sea is Salty’, ‘I Wonder Why the Wind Blows’, ‘I Wonder Why the Mountains have Snow on Top’.

Not only did she read a couple of those books in and out, she phrased and wrote questions as well as the answers.

So that she can play the role of a quizmaster perfectly, I suggested that I make quiz cards for her to write the questions on.

For this, I cut open a brown paper bag and made a set of rectangular cards.

After she had made the quiz cards, we thought it’ll be a good idea to make a jacket or a journal folder to insert the cards in – neat and safe. And, it would make her look like a professional quizmaster (a la Derek O’brien of the Bournvita Quiz Contest fame!)

So, this is how it turned out – made completely with recycleable and used material – paper bag, my 10-years old wedding cards – made with handmade paper. The decoration was done with pressed leaves.

And – surprise surprise – there’s another element to it – inside!

A painting!

The blank brown space inside the folder motivated Pari to decorate, which she did – by painting. And, I’m so happy for it!

I had her use acrylic colours rather than poster paint.

Poster paint turns dull when it dries on a paper like that of brown paper bag. Acrylic colours leave rich texture and lustre.

For the top portion, I had her try a totally fun process to paint.

With credit card! An expired one.

So, she ‘placed’ blobs of paint – 2-3 colours – near each other. And pulled the card inward. We called it ‘swiping’!

Repeated this with more paint, more colours and number of ‘swipes’ in different directions.

The mish-mash of colour blocks this technique creates is totally magical. When she was done doing it, it looked like an abstract art.

Pari wants to create more Quiz Kits based on the Earth theme. Next, she wants to base her quiz on oceans.

I’m so excited myself. Her quizzes, I’m sure, will keep us all curious and the atmosphere at home lively and fun.

Besides, what an amazing way for some self-directed learning for a kid!

It involved reading, comprehension, phrasing and writing, constructing, painting and then some role play! Whoa!

Just to share with you – the idea for a quiz came from the stories of my childhood days that I share with her every morning at the breakfast table.

One of those stories I shared recently was about how my brother and I used to hoard newspapers to cut out interesting facts and pictures and save in our quiz journal. The small town that we lived in had a thriving Quizzing culture – and circles. We often participated in those and even organized ourselves at school and in quiz clubs.

Going back to our Earth Day Celebrations, we have quite a few projects coming up – leading upto April 22. So, stay tuned.

The blog hop will end on April 24. Yeah – that long!

I encourage you to participate – by linking up ONE article showcasing your Earth Day project. It can be art, craft, gardening, community service – anything meaningful.

I’ll add you to the list below if you let me know when you have linked up your project.

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Don’t forget to check out the dozens of ideas shared below in the blog hop gallery.

Here’s a list of all the participating blogs:

Hosts: Mommy LabsGreening Sam and Avery
Teach Preschool | Ready.Set.Read | Living at the Whitehead’s Zoo | The Outlaw Mom Blog | Rainy Day Mum | The Golden Gleam | Inspiration Laboratories | Nurture Store | Experimenting Mom | Kids Stuff World | Artsy Craftsy Mom | Creativity My Passion | Imagination Soup | Caution! Twins at play |Rockabye Butterfly | Explore Education | Getting Messy with Miss Jessy | Daria MusicMama Smiles |Let’s Lasso the Moon | Reading Confetti | The Educators’ Spin On It | Kitchen Counter Chronicles | De tout et de rien | Our Feminist Playschool | The Wise Owl Factory Book a Day | Mommy and Me Book Club | Dirt and Boogers | Carrots Are Orange | Putti Prapancha | Toddler Approved | Imprints from Tricia | Smiling like Sunshine |


A quick tutorial for the journal folder if you’d like:

I turned to the brown paper bag for this too. I cut out the top portion of a bag, leaving the base intact. The base would form the pocket in which we could file the cards.

Though the concept for this was mine, I wanted pari to execute it as much as she could.

1. She pasted edges of the bag’s base on the wall.

Then she told me if she can have to shut the folder tight – the way it’s done on her sports shoes. She was talking about the ‘velcro’. I thought it was a brilliant idea. I remembered that on one of the many paper bags I’d stored, there was a velcro.

2. I cut it out and let Pari paste with a strong glue. We also stapled so as to make it strong. I stuck the other side of the velcro on the first one and then applied glue.

3. Added a flap with old wedding card. The flap is needed on just one side so that when you fold the journal to form a folder, the flap will come on top covering it.

4. And, couple of glue stickers to çlose’ the flap and it was done! I can’t wait to make many more such journal folders for various purpose!


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  • Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum April 10, 2012, 1:26 pm

    I love the little journal to hold her quiz and thank you for organising and hosting such an amazing celebration of the Earth. We’re so happy to be part of this.

  • amber April 10, 2012, 7:10 pm

    I love the quiz journal and the credit card technique. Thank you for hosting this wonderful event.

  • maryanne @ mama smiles April 10, 2012, 7:32 pm

    What a great earth day project for your daughter! Thanks for hosting this fun blog hop!

  • Roopa April 10, 2012, 7:57 pm

    What a way to learn more about our Earth!! Love the beautiful journal and the technique she used. Thanks Rashmie for hosting this.

  • Rachel April 11, 2012, 9:12 am

    I’m so excited to have found your blog hop! I linked up and am loving all these great projects linked up, especially yours!! :)

  • maggy, red ted art April 11, 2012, 10:42 pm

    Wonderful :-)

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!!

    Maggy & Alissa

  • Jackie April 11, 2012, 11:45 pm

    Oh, I love that she made her own game. What a smart girl. Great tutorial too. Thanks for getting this all put together. I’m having so much fun seeing all of the posts.

  • Laura April 12, 2012, 8:18 am

    I just absolutely love the stuff you do! What a bright little girl she is! Love the game she made and the cards and folder are definitely the frosting on that cake! You’re always an inspiration!

  • Ann April 12, 2012, 11:40 pm

    Beautiful quiz set and packaging! I have to check out those books!

    Thanks for hosting this link-up : )

  • Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree April 13, 2012, 6:23 pm

    gOrgeous Rashmie! You always have the best ideas for recycling.

  • Natalie April 19, 2012, 4:14 am

    This project looks beautiful inside and out. Pari is a very creative girl!

  • Srishti April 22, 2012, 5:59 pm

    Happy Earth Day! Submitted My Go Green – Green Apple Salad :) for the blog hop. Thanks Rashmie for organizing the celebration!

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