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The Regeneration Project, Wendy Goldstein & Sue Lennox

Turn on, tune in and drop out. The average American child spends 44 hours a week watching TV, whilst Australian kids spend twice as much time watching TV than they do reading a book. It’s a way of life now, it’s on in the background, it’s on during bath time and as you’re juggling the kids and making dinner. Children are spending less time outdoors and more time looking at a screen. In 1995, Richard Louv coined the term ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ to describe this disengagement of children from nature.

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If children spend less time in nature early in life, they’re less likely to care for nature as adults. In this increasingly digital age, how looks the future for nature?

Wendy Goldstein and Sue Lennox (from Macquarie University & Oz Green) have partnered to launch a project called The Re Generation Project, that is asking what can be done to reconnect young people with nature. They’re calling for young people to share their ideas on https://www.facebook.com/theregeneration.inspirenature

Nature’s not a destination, it’s as close as your own backyard!

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So out we went, into the backyard to play and pick our small stash of plants for our pressed plant terrariums.

DIY PRESSED PLANT TERRARIUM

pressed leaf terrarium with dinos

Draw out your terrarium onto thick sheets of white paper, painting in a little dirt. Glue plants onto your terrarium and layer over with clear contact. Press down over the contact with your hands then cut out.

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The kids making their pressed plant terrariums

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 Other nature craft ideas… with leaves

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3 craft with twigsRocks

1 craft with rocks

 

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Raining Cats and Dogs

Back in the day when ‘forsooth’ and ‘uncouth’ were in common use, cats and dogs sought warmth and shelter in the thatched roofs of village folk. When the heavens opened, the downpour would flush out the four legged from their comfy hidey holes, and thus was borne the saying ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’. This is one of the many theories of the origins of this phrase.

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It’s raining cats & dogs in water colour pencils

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Printable

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Green Eggs & Spaceships

Green Eggs and Spaceships. Doesn’t roll off the tongue like Green Eggs and Ham, nonetheless it’s a bit of fun!

Unless you have the tenacity of Sam-I-Am to present and persuade in a many a way… with a goat on a boat, in a box with a fox, in a house with a mouse, on a train in the rain…

maybe just boil them up in green food dye and pop ’em in a spaceship. They’re outta this world!

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One toilet roll, a strip of silver crepe paper and a boiled green egg later…

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Hiding in the fridge…

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Now how to make vegetables appealing!??

“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”

Dr Seuss, The Lorax.



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Animal Print Paper Flowers

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From cavemen to cougars, animal prints have been worn by many. Some wear it well…

Bee 1n2

 others not so much…

not so good in animal print

Many a four legged beast were thankful the world over, when in 1947 Dior turned from fur to animal print.  From Gucci to Givenchy, many designers followed.

When browsing for animal print patterns to make paper decorations with, found much of the usual safari palette… giraffe, leopard, zebra, until I stumbled across these Ashley Goldberg prints.

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 My attempts at these fine prints using watercolours.

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Making Paper Lanterns using Ashley Goldberg inspired prints.

animal print paper lanterns collage

Animal print & crepe paper flowers

jungle print paper flowers


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Rainy Day Crafts

School holidays are almost over!

We’ve been swimming a little…

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Travelling a little…

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and eating lots…

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With a forecast of rain ’till the end of the week, we’ll be wrapping up the holidays with a whole lotta this…

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Rainy Day Crafts

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 Craft based on favourite bedtime book at the moment: Amy & Louis

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Coo-ee is a prolonged, shrill call originally used by indigenous Aboriginal Australians as a cry that carries out over long distances. In the 1840s, Australians could be heard coo-eeing through the foggy streets of London, desperate to find their fellow country men. It has become a national marker of Australian-ness.

Another Australian custom to partake in this Australia Day… Thong throwing competition. Throw far, throw wide and Coo-eee!

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Monster Straw Toppers

With Halloween only a few days away, are you expecting ghoulish guests with sugar pangs, wings and fangs?

Dr. Frankenstein's Monster Drawing Machine, by Michael Slack

Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster Drawing Machine, by Michael Slack

Being Australian we’re doing a pre trick or treat BBQ (any excuse to fire up the old stack of bricks!) This is the craft activity we’ll have on hand for the little zombies, witches and ghost busters. Cardboard monsters on paddle pops for the kids to colour in.

Paddle pop monsters to colour inInspired by these Alisa Burke toilet roll monsters, straw toppers to keep the little monsters hydrated.

Alisa Burke toilet roll monsters

What’s happening with the aqua roll in the middle? Looks like he’s about to blow his top!

Alisa Burke inspired monster straw toppers

Pastel pencils used, coloured in by daughter.

A few of my own characters…

coloure in franky and co straw toppers

Printable Monsters

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Copy, cut and colour

colouring in grey lady

Glue to straws with craft glue

frank n grey straws

Just add juice and enjoy!

eyeballs and toppers

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