On this afternoon, we went outside and I opened the shed doors. One of the girls stated those famous words "I'm bored!" I love those words because I know that's when our best ideas come. I told her to take a look and bring one of the bins out to the grass. She began looking for materials but she didn't know what she would do with them. She found a container with holes in the bottom and watched as the water poured through. What comes next is magical.
The first step was to search for materials to use. They weren't quite sure what the plan was, as it kept evolving into something different and more elaborate. Those are the best plans, aren't they?
“We need mud!” Dirt was gathered, then shaken into a sifter to create a “smoother” texture. “We can’t have lumps!”
“We need a touch of something!” Then voila! The perfect addition to the most perfect mud muffins. “A touch of yellow!” Tiny yellow (what I think were buttercup flowers) were added very carefully to the tops of the muffins.
Creating a dish from mud is not an uncommon practice. In fact, I'm sure most of us adults have done this very same thing when we were children. During this activity, there is so much experimentation and trial and error with ratios of dirt to water; getting that perfect consistency and pride when you have created something you’re proud of; and trust me, they were certainly proud!
I invite you all to go back to your childhoods this summer, and play with mud!
Blog by: Melanie and Holly
Eco Kids is a child-led club the Falcons created to take a deeper look into our consumption and ways we can reduce, reuse, and recycle. The club members share their environmental and sustainability goals, complete quarterly yard cleanups, and create several projects.
One of the goals of the Eco Kids is to cut back on paper waste. They created signs to remind the Falcons to use both sides of their paper. Another idea was to write their names on their papers so that they can take them home instead of the recycling bin.
Because the Falcons wanted to cut down on waste, they wanted to make their own paper. Then they had the idea to put seeds in the paper so that the paper can go straight into people’s gardens.
See how our project unfolded:
The Falcons enjoyed delivering the seed paper to people in their community and wondered how the seeds would grow. The response to our environmental gifts were astonishing. The school principal received several phone calls from community members thanking us for the seed paper. We can't wait to see what the Eco Kids come up with next to create positive environmental changes for the Falcons and beyond their program.