The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is my go-to book for Earth Day. It's one of my favorite books period, in fact. I love its message and its sense of urgency, as well as the (literal) seed of hope at the end.
|The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.|
Random House, 1971.
There are Lorax crafts to be found all over the internet. [See Pinterest, for example.] We made our own Truffula Trees, out of leftover paper straws from our Kansas Day project and wrinkly tissue paper we'd saved from a gift bag. I think it would be cool to use actual sticks, along with paint or washi tape, but I couldn't figure out where we put the paint and washi tape. Another idea I had was to use paper towel rolls and old newspaper, but I wanted these to be colorful.
Have you ever made tissue paper pom-poms? I taught myself to make them several years ago, using the Martha Stewart tutorial. This is a miniature version of that.
First, I cut my tissue paper into small squares, stacking the wrinkly little things as neatly as possible. I kept my stacks at only 5 or 6 each, to make them easier to work with.
Next, I accordion-folded my little stack.
Squeezing the folded stack tightly, I tied some thread around the middle. I used scissors to make the ends a bit pointy.
Finally, I pulled the paper apart, forming a little pom pom.
I used simple scotch tape to fix the pom-poms to the straws, which I bent to look a bit more like Dr. Seuss's wavy Truffula Trees.
If you use straws or popsicle sticks, the Truffula Trees could become great cake decorations, right? If I felt more ambitious, I suppose I could make an Earth Day cake.
Here's the original television adaptation from 1972. I prefer it to the feature film, although the book is still the best.
Remember my little post for Read Across America / Dr. Seuss's birthday? Well, when I put together that post, I mentioned I was impressed by the minisite for The Lorax on Seussville.com. There are so many cool things to click. Your kids can sign a pledge to "be a friend to the environment," read about at-risk forest areas around the world and some of the animals who inhabit them, download stickers and tags, and play games. Classes can send a letter to the Lorax, telling him how they plan to help the environment. It's a pretty awesome little site!
Again, happy earth day. And remember...
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not."