Wednesday, October 19, 2016

It's Water-Wise Wednesday with Frannie the Fish {Halloween Recycling Activity}

Halloween is right around the corner and Frannie is so excited to dress up and go trick-or-treating in her pond! Frannie wants to get into the Halloween spirit and decorate her house. Frannie found a fun activity you can do too - making a spooky, upcycled spider!

Want to learn why Frannie is doing an upcycling project? Check out the Upcycled Clothing Pin Snowflake Ornament blog.

Heads up: this is a messy project! 

Here's what you need:
  • 2-liter plastic bottle
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes

Here's what you do:
1. Clean out a 2-liter plastic bottle and remove labeling.

2. Pour black paint in the bottle, screw cap on, and shake the bottle until black paint has coated the entire bottle. Pour excess paint out.

3. Let the paint dry overnight.

4. Cut the top of the bottle off and recycle.

5. Make legs for the spider by cutting the bottom of the bottle into 8 strips.

6. Bend the legs outward at the base of each strip.

7. Bend the legs inward about halfway down each strip.

8. Bend the legs inward again at the end of each strip.

9. Glue the googly eyes on your spider.

10. Decorate your house with your spooky spider!

Frannie wishes you a safe and fun Halloween!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

It's Water-Wise Wednesday with Frannie the Fish {Hydro Van Gogh}

This water-wise Wednesday Frannie wants to share a fun activity with you: Hydro Van Gogh! Express your artistic side by painting an aquifer. An aquifer is an underground geological formation of sand, soil, gravel, and rock able to store and yield water. The water from an aquifer is called groundwater and it is the water we drink and the water that grows our food. Find out more!

Here's what you need:
  • Aquifer map and/or an aquifer model
  • Canvas panels (recommended 5" x 7") or large sheets of paper
  • Oil pastels or acrylic paint 
  • Paint brushes

Here's what you do:
1. Use the Aquifer in a Cup activity to learn what an aquifer looks like and how it works. Identify the different parts of an aquifer using the graphic below:

2. Set out the canvas panel or a large sheet of paper, paint, and paintbrushes.

3. Now, pretend like you are a water drop that lands on the ground and seeps into an aquifer. Paint what you see as the water drop. Get as creative as you like!

4. Be sure to share your masterpiece at home with your family. Share what you know about groundwater and how to protect it!

Send pictures of your paintings to