Hi! Welcome to Week Four!
At the beginning of every meeting, we celebrate our connection to nature and the Earth with a yoga pose and salutation, “Hello Sun! Hello Earth! Hello Rain! Hello Wind! Hello Ocean! Hello Wind! Hello Rain! Hello Earth! Hello Sun! Namaste.”
This week we will continue with poses that represent something associated with sea or ocean. Each member will choose an “Ocean Yoga” card and lead the pose!
Last week, we got the entire school talking about plarn! Thank you Earth Kids for taking what you learned and sharing it with others! You are already making a difference and helping the Earth! Watch the video below, it is the perfect summary of what we have discussed in our first three meetings.
Today, we will continue to make plarn from plastic bags! Plarn can be used to make many things. Let’s practice using plarn to make a plastic bag jump rope! Here’s how…..
- plastic bags (12)
- duct tape
- Collect a bundle of plastic bags and cut each one open so it becomes one flat piece. (Note: Use different colors of bags to give your jump rope extra splashes of color.)
- Cut off the handles of each bag and any extra pieces, leaving one large rectangle of plastic.
- Next, cut each rectangle into long strips. There needn’t be specific lengths or widths; it doesn’t matter in the braiding process.
- After cutting a few bags’ worth of strips, tie the strips together. Make sure the length of the strips is a little longer then the length you want the jump rope to be. I made a total of 12 long strips.
- Take six of the strips and tape them together at one end. Then tape the whole group to the back of a chair as a placeholder.
- Braid the six strips together into one very long, jump rope-sized braid. When you’re finished, repeat this step with the second 6 strips so that you have two long plastic braids.
- Twist the two braids together tightly so that the jump rope has enough weight to swing when jumping.
- Tape the ends with duct tape to create handles.
When you’re finished, take your jump rope outside and play. If you only have one “holder” and one “jumper,” tie the unattended end to a chair—it works just as well as a person! This craft is also good for pulling wagons and tricycles; the plastic is surprisingly strong and seems to hold up well. Happy jumping!
Keeping spreading the word…YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!