We're sharing different posts and books about the Earth this week,
in honor of Earth Day on April 22nd
This one is for the kids!
This year, everyone can join Mickey and Friends in living greener with DISNEY GO GREEN: A Family Guide To A Sustainable Lifestyle. The book explains the importance of sustainability in a simple, understandable way. It includes interesting facts and tips, and has lots of fun activities for children to try.
The purpose of the activities is to show children how to be artistic using items found in nature or how to reuse things they already have. There are also recipes for using locally grown ingredients. All of this helps reduce our ecological footprint and impact on the planet.
Some suggestions for projects include:
· turn an orange juice carton into a bird feeder
· use different tube-shaped materials to make a marble run
· notch old paper towel and toilet paper rolls to make Lincoln log structures
The first half of this book is set on teaching kids what I consider basics-about being a good person, helping others, taking care of themselves. Really NOT what I would think would be included in a Disney guide to sustainability. Only the blurbs with ecological facts were interesting to us in this first part of the book.
The second half of the book is really about what the book says it is- living a sustainable life and how we can recycle, reuse, and reduce our carbon footprint. In the second section ways to reduce and help are talked about, there are crafts and activities for family fun, that also teach. I wish the entire book had been like the second half, as even Miss Grace was hoping for there to have been more activities.
The book would be good say for a teacher, who wants to have a resource book kids can relate to, as well as basic activities for the kids to make during Earth Week. It is aimed at kids ages 4-10.
The second book in this series, Disney Green Planet: Actions For Saving the Planet , will be released in August.
About the Authors:
Asthildur Jonsdottir is a lecturer at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts, where she teaches the pedagogy of visual art. She has two masters degrees, one from the University of Iceland in art teaching and the other from NYU in Critical pedagogy and multicultural art. She is finishing her Phd in sustainable art. She is an avid spokesperson for all things green.
Gunndis Finnbogadottir is a lecturer at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. She is an expert on sustainability and is an avid spokesperson for all things green.
Ellen Gunnarsdottir is a teacher at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and is an expert on sustainability. She finished her Phd from Cambridge University in England and lives with her husband and sons in Boston, Massachusetts.
One BTHM reader will win this review copy.