Fun & Games: Activities

Make seed paper… paper that grows!

When is a recycled product better than the original? When it’s paper that turns into flowers. Here is a good way to recycle used paper and make a beautiful greeting card for someone special. Make your own artsy paper that has wildflower seeds in it! Use colored markers to paint a design or message on it. Give it to someone special to plant in a pot or in the ground. Keep it wet and warm, and it will “recycle” into something far better than old, used paper. What you need: Used printer paper, cross-cut into tiny pieces by a paper shredder. Use 1-1/2 cups for each card. Large bowl of warm water Window screen material Small embroidery hoop Food coloring (optional) Blender 9 x 13-inch baking pan Packet of wildflower or other seeds Bath towels or several layers of felt squares Waxed paper Colored markers What to do: Soak the paper pieces in the bowl of water overnight. Put the soaked paper into the blender, then fill the blender halfway with fresh water. Blend until the mixture is soupy. Add food coloring, if desired, and blend some more. Fill the baking pan one-quarter full of water, then pour in the blended paper mixture—or pulp. Slip the embroidery hoop with screen in from the side so that it slides beneath the pulp and seeds. If necessary, spoon some of the pulp over the screen. Lift the screen gently, catching the pulp mixture evenly on top and letting the water drain off. Lay the screen on a bath towel or felt layers to drain. Sprinkle some seeds on top of the wet pulp, and gently pat them into the surface of the pulp. When the bath towel or felt has soaked up as much water as it can, pick up the hoop and turn it over onto a sheet of waxed paper to dry. (Seeds will be on the bottom.) You may have to gently hit the hoop on the table or counter surface to loosen the pulp from the screen. If the pulp does not stick together, try putting more pulp on the screen next time. Let the paper dry for at least 24 hours. If the paper does not lie flat, place a heavy object (like a book) on it for a few hours to flatten it. Decorate it with markers on the un-seeded side. To plant the paper: When you plant the paper, lay it on the surface of the soil and sprinkle about one-quarter-inch thick layer of soil on top. Water the soil lightly and keep the seeds wet until they sprout and have a few days to grow roots. Good luck and happy recycling!

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Recycle this! game

Use the “airburst” tool to guide the recyclables into the proper bins before they fall into the trash. f you throw a plastic bottle in the trash today, that bottle will sit in a landfill—or worse, float in the ocean—for thousands of years. No one knows what Earth—or humans—will be like in thousands of years. But that plastic bottle will still be a plastic bottle! So why do Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour? And why do they throw most of them in the trash? They can be recycled! Here are some other “trash” items that instead can be recycled: Cereal box or other kinds of cardboard and paper: Making a ton of new paper from recycled paper saves up to 17 trees and uses 50 percent less water than does creating new paper from trees.   Aluminum cans: If we recycled all our aluminum cans for one year, we could save enough energy to light Washington, D.C. for 3.7 years. The amount of aluminum currently recycled in 1 year is enough to rebuild our entire airplane commercial fleet every 6 months. Glass bottles: The energy saved by recycling one glass bottle can light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours or run a computer for 30 minutes. Food cans and other metals: In 2008, Americans recycled 7 million tons of metals, eliminating the equivalent of nearly 25 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, or taking 4.5 million cars off the road for one year. It’s important to recycle or reuse as many materials as possible. It saves energy. It saves Earth’s resources. It saves the land and the oceans from being over-run with garbage!

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Follow Up SDG 3 – If you’re happy and you know it! (Early Years – Year 2)

An all-time favourite with all kids. A fun way to learn about the importance of being active and happy. Sing along with your kids! You can sing it again by including important steps we all must do to stay healthy and practice proper personal hygiene. Phrases they all can mimic and sing along to: Wash your hands. Brush your teeth. Eat some fruit. Ride a bike.

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Follow Up SDG 3 – Germs (Early Years – Year 2)

Germ activity  Place some water in a bowl. Sprinkle some pepper on the water surface. Then have your child put some of the “germs” on their hands and rub them together. Shake hands with each other or let them touch different surfaces to learn about how germs can be spread. Than ask them to place some washing liquid on the tip and dip into the water again and watch what happens.

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Follow Up SDG 3 – Colour in Fun! (Early Years – Year 2)

Download and print the colour-in dirty hand – clean hand template below. You can use the hand washing technique poster below to remind them how it should be done and sing the Happy Birthday song twice. Remember that there is also the Maltese version – Ferħ u Awguri which you can find here. You can play it along whilst they are colouring in so that they learn the Maltese version as well.

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Follow Up SDG 3 – Eating Naughty Cars (Year 3 – Year 4)

Watch this video together with the kids to learn more about the concept of the game. The idea is to remove (eat) those cars that are creating a problem to our health and well-being. Ask the kids to make a dino from a used sock and stand next to a window overlooking a busy road. If you don’t have any windows overlooking busy roads try to log into the live cams network across Malta here.

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Follow Up SDG 1: The Banana split game – Continuation on Fairtrade (Year 5 – Year 8)

If one of your parents/ guardians or a delivery person brings green groceries to your door, check the bill and try to find out the price you paid for one banana. How much do you think the persons working on the plantations get from the price you pay for that banana? Go to this link and play this game. Try to understand if people along the supply chain are getting their fair share?

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Follow Up: Card games / Snakes and Ladders!! (Year 5 – Year 8)

–        Download the ppt presentation and read the notes related to each slide. –        Play at leisure with your family to understand better the challenges these small scale farmers have to face each day to survive. –        Print out the card games and snakes and ladders. Enjoy and learn!  

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Follow Up: The rice game! (Year 5 – Year 8)

Watch this video to get an idea of the game concept: Resources you will need: 1kg rice/ a buff per player/ a plate per player/a marker (non-permanent).

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Nature for all Discovery Zone

Welcome to the #NatureForAll Discovery Zone. Curated from #NatureForAll partner resources, and ranging from videos to lesson plans, comic books to coloring books, this collection will help you connect people with nature, instill love of nature and learn about nature wherever you are. Refer to the link below for loads of online resources where you can browse hundreds of partner resources, from comic books to lesson plans. and a Conversation Space – A unique online platform allowing you to interact with nature enthusiasts interested in connecting people with nature.

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Earth School

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, an unprecedented coalition has come together to launch “Earth School,” which provides free, high-quality educational content to help students, parents and teachers around the world who are currently at home. Initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and TED-Ed, Earth School takes students on a 30-day “Adventure” through the natural world. The curated Earth School content features videos, reading materials and activities — which will be translated into 10 languages — to help students gain an understanding of the environment while considering their role within it. This is the biggest online learning initiative in UNEP’s history and is available for free on TED-Ed’s website.

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Don’t Waste Waste Game

Are you a pro at separating your waste? Through Don’t Waste Waste’s new Game, you will learn everything there is to know about it and how YOU can make a difference to your surroundings. Whilst competing, you will increase your knowledge in environmental awareness, the importance of recycling and how you could adopt eco-friendly initiatives. If you get to the top, you will become a recycling master. Are you up for the challenge? Come on, don’t waste waste, play the game! http://dontwastewaste.gov.mt/game/ 

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Eyes on the Earth – NASA Climate Kids

All about climate change – weather and climate, air, sea, freshwater, carbon, energy, plants and animals and technology and much more.  All in an easy to understand setup and fun way to learn about.  Global climate change made easy and fun to learn about through playing, making, knowing, keeping, watching, dreaming and teaching!!

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Making seed paper

When is a recycled product better than the original? When it’s paper that turns into flowers. Here is a good way to recycle used paper and make a beautiful greeting card for someone special. Make your own artsy paper that has wildflower seeds in it! Use colored markers to paint a design or message on it. Give it to someone special to plant in a pot or in the ground. Keep it wet and warm, and it will “recycle” into something far better than old, used paper. This site was suggested by Peyton Vogel and her friends

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All about Energy – Be an Energy Star

Our planet is in trouble For thousands of years our planet has given us energy, lots of energy! But in the process we have put our planet under stress and now it needs our help.  If we want to keep our planet healthy we must find better ways of getting and using energy. Join Energy Star in the flight to save our planet by being energy efficient.  There is so much to learn and explore, and don;t forget to take action! This site was suggested by Peyton Vogel and her friends.

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Fun and Games in Nature – LEAF website link

Through this link you will be lead to our sister website www.leafmalta.org and the resource section aimed at enjoying the outdoors.

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Alter Aqua Resources – Water Across the Curriculum

The Alter Aqua educational material is the result of a fruitful cooperation between the EkoSkola Team and MEdIES team from Greece with the ambition to raise awareness and sensitise the educational community on the very crucial issue of Non-Conventional Water Resources across the Mediterranean, and particularly in the Maltese Islands.

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The Earth Dog Story – Earth Dog returns to Save the Environment

The Earth Dog Story, first published in 1992, returns as an app in iTunes and an eBook as part of the U.S. Department of Energy environmental outreach program with Weekly Reader. Earth Dog is a superhero who teaches kids about taking care of the environment.

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Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth

This book by Patty Born Selly, Published by Redleaf Press helps to educate young children about the environment through experience and play. These activities encourage children to develop a sense of wonder, curiosity, and joy for nature.

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Road to Rio + 20 workbook – Activities and Lesson plans

This publication is designed to introduce young people to the issues that will be central to Rio+20, by first providing you with a useful context of the project (Part 1 -Overview) and then moving forward to what you and the young people you work with can do as part of a classroom or youth group activity (Part2 – Activities & Lessonplans).

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Save Our Water website

A website packed with information – how to get real about water. Ways and means to save water, how to build a water wise garden, fun ways for children to save water, and loads of water wise games.

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Nab the Aquatic Invader!

Nab the Aquatic Invader! is a fun way to learn about aquatic invaders. By using this site you can check out lots of unusual species that create real problems in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf, and Great Lakes regions. There are many ways that this site can help you with your class projects. By doing the activities and playing the games on this site, you will learn about nature and be inspired to help the environment by “nabbing” these pesky critters and seeing that you can make a difference. You may want to start out at your grade level, but if you are a “junior detective” don’t be afraid to take the “super sleuth” challenge. And, if you are in the higher grades, feel free to check out the “junior detective” case file activities.

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Games Page on the United States Environmental Protection Agency

This webpage contains links to loads of games, videos and quizzes related to the environment, energy, water, mystery solving, science, recycling, waste and much more…

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Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun: 22 Super-Charged Science Projects for Kids

This entertaining book gives kids, teachers, and parents 22 exciting activities for using sun and wind power to produce and play with renewable energy. Ages 8 to 13 will enjoy environmental science while fighting global climate change.

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Which Switch? Game – Switch Campaign by OPM

The Office of the Prime Minister provided EkoSkola with giant size ‘snakes and ladders’ canvas games. Instead of the usual ladder there is an energy saving bulb whilst the snake has been replaced by a bolt of lightning indicating an electric shock (for those who are not energy and water conscious!). It has also hints how to use up less electricity and water…

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National Geographic Kids Website

Loads of information, videos, fun and games from National Geographic especialy for kids (all ages!)…

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