Free Downloads! 

Click here!
(membership required)

Not a member?
Signup (It's free)

Entries in environment eco-friendly (9)


Earth Day Celebration - Tip # 5

What does it mean to be green?

This simple eco picture book helps children ages 4-8 and their parents start the conversation about how we can protect the earth's precious resources.


  • Respect and Responsibility begin at home!
  • Parents, YOU set the example. Your children are watching and imitating you...PLEASE, make conservation a daily habit. 

Click for video:     


Earth Day Celebration - Tip #4

Check out the Environmental Protection Agency current website. It is packed with GREAT ideas for Earth Day activities - and all year long! Also you can download an "Endangered Species Coloring Book" on their website. The illustrations are beautiful. Click on the picture to access the direct link.

Don't miss this:
You can order a free bound copy of the "Endangered Species Coloring Book" by contacting: National Service Center for Environmental Publications


Phone Number: (800)490-9198 
Fax Number: (301)604-3408 

Title: Endangered Species: Save Our Species (Coloring Book)
EPA Order Number: EPA-735K08001


Earth Day Celebration - Tip #2

Here's a "We Love the Earth" Bulletin Board Idea:

From A Cupcake for the Teacher.


Earth Day Celebration - Tip #1

Vegetable Gardens at Whole Earth Montessori in Bothell, WAEarth Day became an official "world celebration" back in 1970 in response to serious concerns about environmental degradation. As a result, primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities globally schedule acitivites to promote environmental awareness. 

Teachers: What will you be doing with your class to promote environmental responsibility... now, on Earth Day, and in the future?

Parents: What evironmental activities will you be incorporating into your every day lives with your children?

TIP #1:

Here are some creative "Going Green" activities for school or family celebrations, suggested by apples4theteacher:

  1. Make your decorations. Use construction paper to make shapes, confetti and streamers. Store the decorations for future uses.
  2. Shred regular paper to make stuffing for gift baskets and bags. Instead of filling an Easter basket with plastic grass, use green construction paper. In Christmas gifts, instead of tissue paper, use shredded paper and recycle it.
  3. Buy from countries that sell eco-friendly products. There are many countries that participate in fair trade. They create ornaments and gifts created from natural products. The price is cheaper and you would be helping a craftsman in need as well as the Earth.
  4. Decorate gift boxes instead of using wrapping paper. Kids can use crayons and markers to beautify their gifts. The wrapping paper just gets thrown away anyway. If you don’t have any drawing skills, wrap presents in colored butcher’s paper. It can be recycled when you are finished with it.
  5. Give a gift that keeps on giving. Some folks opt to make a donation in the name of another to a favored charity. If you know the favorite charity of the person receiving the gift, choose that one. Another gift idea is to have a star named after someone.
  6. Rent tables, chairs and meal utensils for big parties. You might not have enough silverware or plates for fifty people, but renting them is a better choice than going with disposable ware. You decrease your waste and everyone still has a good time.
  7. Give people reusable containers for leftovers. These containers are cheap to buy and each guest can continue to use them in their own home. It’s better than using two disposable plates.
  8. Go potluck. Each person brings a dish and they also take their dish back home. You have less to clean up and wash after the celebration.
  9. Give eco-friendly party favors. Instead of birthday hats, give kids a wooden toy they can play with over and over. If you do the party hat thing, use real hats instead of paper ones. You can even make it a fun part of the party and let them bring their own crazy hat. Kids and adults alike will have fun with all the different headwear people can come up with.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

You don’t have to spend a fortune on educational activities for the classroom. Create your own! Many supplies can be found around the house (magazines, kitchen cupboards...) or in thrift stores. Just make sure that everything is clean and in beautiful condition. (A laminator is important for protecting cards, labels, and posters.)

Share your own ideas and photos! Email:

Vivian Thomas Shi, UMA student and owner of Learning Tree Montessori School in Seattle, WA invited us to come to her Open House this Saturday. Her lovely school is located in a home in the area of Columbia City. We took a few photos of some of the hand-made items in the classroom, which Vivian is happy to share with the UMA Montessori community.

Below is a Sensorial activity- a basket of "smelling bottles" filled with interesting spice scents:

Signs of nature abound in any authentic Montessori classroom. Vivian holds up a yam that the children can watch grow both roots and leaves:

Vivian has a well-stocked Science area. Here is a bowl with various objects to be sorted into two categories- “living” and “non-living” (you can also make a chart with “organic” and “non-organic”):

Also found in the Science area- matching animal objects to picture/word cards:

And in the Science/Geography area-  matching a clear glass jar of soil, of air, and of water to the AIR, WATER, and LAND control cards. Included were separate cards for Air, Water, and Land identification.

Hopefully this blog post will inspire you to create some of your own projects for the classroom or home. Share them with us!


Green Crafter Ethics: Is it Okay to Collect Seashells?

Summer is here and we are seeing all sorts of interesting and fun craft ideas utilizing sea shells and other beach objects. Before you start picking up those photo for an informative article:



The Prepared Environment

An important consideration for the Montessori "prepared environment," whether at home or in the classroom... Get rid of those chemicals! (Plus save $.) Click image for an article to help you stock an EASY-BREASY, BREATHING-EASY CLEANING ARSENAL: 


Earth-Friendly Project: Herbs in a Can!

Whole Foods Market is celebrating "Earth Month"...not just Earth Day on April 22nd! Here is just one suggestion they make to introduce to your children: A compact herb garden planted in an aluminum can from your recycling bin. 

For details on how to get started, click on the picture for the direct link.


Gardening, recycling, healthy living...YES!


Fun, Fantastic, Furoshiki

A better way of gift wrapping. It's eco-friendly - A gift within a gift! Explore different ways you can try this with your children. Beautiful!