Materials required: bottle (nice flat ones), pre cut foam shapes, glue.
Simply glue the shapes to the bottle tops, and have fun decorating cards and wrapping paper with inks and paints.
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Worms have been around for hundreds of years. Earthworms lived on the earth at the time of dinosaurs around 120 million years ago!
2. Worms like to munch. Earthworms can consume half their body weight & more every day and will eat almost any dead organic matter in the soil.
3. Worms have super poo! Worms eat soil as they burrow as well as tiny stones which they grind into an organic paste. By eating these items they are helping to reduce pollution and by processing them they're enriching/fertilizing the soil.
4. Worms are great gardeners. When worms wriggle their way through the soil they allow air to fill the tunnels they have created, aerating the soil as they work. These tunnels then fill with water when it rains aiding drainage.
5. Worms have 5 hearts, no lungs & no eyes! Instead of breathing through lungs they breathe through their skin, & this is part of the reason they rise to the surface after heavy rain. When the rain runs through the channels they've tunnelled underground it reduces the amount of air circulating around their skin, so they have to come up to the surface to breathe. Although they have no eyes they can sense light which is something they try to avoid, exposure to too much sunlight can dry out their skin and can cause them to die.
6. Worms can be found in many countries. Today it's thought that there are 6000 species of earthworm around the world. The longest was found in South Africa & measured 22 feet long!
7. Worms help keep everything in balance. Not only do they cultivate, fertilize and prepare the soil enabling plants to grow, they are also a vital part of the food chain and are a staple food for birds, toads, hedgehogs, moles, foxes & more.
8. Worms are super strong! Earthworms like to bury objects that they can process at a later date under the ground. They pull small items under the soil to munch when it is safe to do so. When is the best time to look for worms? Now! Earthworms are most active in Spring & Autumn, so this is the perfect time of year to go and explore these amazing creatures. Happy worm hunting!
Everyone has snails in their garden, but many gardeners don't like snails because they have a tendency to eat the veggies growing in the garden. You may know that a snail moves slowly, is slimy, and has a shell, but what else do you really know about them?
Garden Snail Classification:
Genus: Helix aspersa
The largest land snail ever found was 15 inches long and weighed 2 pounds!
Snails' bodies produce a thick slime. Because of this slime, they can crawl across the edge of a razor and not get hurt.
Some snails have been known to live up to 15 years.
Snails are hermaphrodites which means that they have both male and female reproductive organs.
Snails usually travel in irregular paths, often traveling in a circle.
Snails rely mainly on their sense of touch and smell when finding food because they have very poor eyesight.
Snails cannot hear.
Snails can retract one or both of their tentacles at a time.
Because of the suction created by their slime, a snail can crawl upside down.
Snails are nocturnal animals which means they are more active at night.
Garden snails mainly eat garden plants and vegetables, but they will also eat decaying plants and soil.
The fastest snails are the speckled garden snails which can move up to 55 yards per hour compared 23 inches per hour of most other land snails.
Garden snails hibernate during the winter and live on their stored fat.
Garden snails breathe with lungs.
Garden snails evolved from sea snails about 600 million years ago.
The garden snail is cooked and eaten as a delicacy called escargot.
Click on the link to start the game: http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/eco_info/topics/waste/clean_room/index.cfm
Every good Greenvillian liked recycling a lot ... But the Grinch, who lived in Greenville, did not!
The Grinch hated recycling especially during holiday season.
Now please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be a paper cut once caused him great pain.
It could be holiday junk mail drove him insane.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his recycling bin was two sizes too small.
Whatever the reason, the junk mail or his small bin,
The Grinch chose to make everyone more miserable than him.
I won’t pre-rinse: I’ll make my recycling smell.
I’ll hide garbage in my leaves so no one can tell.
I’ll put out my papers on days when it rains.
I’ll add in some food waste to cause dirty stains.
I’ll recycle all plastics when only 1’s and 2’s are accepted
I’ll put in 3’s through 7’s, who cares if I’m corrected.
I’ll throw in some light bulbs, crystal and glass panes.
They say “glass containers” but they’re really all the same.
And sometimes I’ll simply throw my recycling away.
After all, who is it hurting, if I miss one day.
The collectors struggled to recycle what they could
But the Grinch’s recyclables were simply no good.
Left out on the curb so, so full of contamination,
The overflowing bin, sometimes littered. Oh, the abomination!
Week after week, the Grinch called the collectors the fools.
When week after week, he himself, broke the rules.
Then one day the Grinch happened to see
That the landfill was filling as fast as could be.
And the Grinch began to ponder the meaning of this
“In a landfill how long would his items exist?”
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
Maybe recycling, he thought, isn’t really a chore.
Maybe recycling, he thought, means a little bit more.
In a landfill, the waste items are good for no one
But in recycling, waste items create jobs and so on.
It is good to the earth and good for the community
And he thought that if everyone would recycle in unity
And buy recycled goods when they shopped at the store
And recycle correctly and recycle more…
Then, maybe, perhaps we could make recycling pay
What happened then … well … in Greenville they say
That the Grinch’s small brain grew three sizes that day.
And the minute his mind wasn’t feeling so maniacal,
He thought of more ways and more reasons to recycle.
And he spread these words to his neighbours and kin:
Recycle correctly and recycle more in your recycling bin.
And to prove that he was dedicated to completing the caper
He himself, the Grinch, switched to recycled-content paper
Can you match up these trees to their winter twigs? Ash, alder, beech, horse chestnut,
rowan, hazel, holly, dog rose, hawthorn, sycamore, blackthorn, field maple, birch, elder, oak, lime, lilac, larch, elm. (Don't cheat, but answers are at the bottom of page)
Row 1, left to righ: Ash, field maple, birch, alder, Elder, Hazel, Beech, Horse chestnut, rowan
Row 2, left to right: Oak, Lime, Lilac, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Larch, Sycamore, Dog rose, Elm