Sunday, July 4, 2010

Recycling Brown Paper Bags for a craft inspired by Chief Seattle's Words

Pierce and I wanted to find a way to make a craft from recycled brown paper bags.  We found inspiration while reading the book Brother Eagle, Sister Sky by Susan Jeffers.
This is a beautiful children's book, rich with pictures and the words of Chief Seattle as adapted by Jeffers to become preschool-friendly.
Just a few thought-provoking quotes from the book, which is poetic as much as mystical:
The shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not simply water, but the blood of your grandfather's grandfather.

You must give to the rivers the kindness you would give to any brother.

The earth does not belong to us.  We belong to the earth.

This we know:  All things are connected like the blood that unites us.  We did not weave the web of life, We are merely a strand in it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.

Just a small taste.  If you care about the earth, go to the library and read this book to your children.  Share with them what value our world of nature has.

And then follow it up with a little recycling fun!
Painting brown paper bags:

Pierce picked out the colors himself.
After drying, cut out shapes for eyes and mouths and wings.  Pierce colored the wings a mixture of colors.  We looked at some of the totem poles online of Pacific Northwest Native American tribes.
We gathered chicken feathers (we have no shortage of those right now) to add a little flare.

You could make your totem pole as tall or as short as you wanted.
A really fun craft with a much deeper lesson.
Happy 4th everyone!

7 comments:

Mere said...

what a great craft. Pierce's totem pole turned out great! Your always have such great idea's for fun projects :-)

Jeremi said...

Soooooooo neat!! What a terrific book (will have to check that out) and art project : )

Love Pierce's proud smile too : )

Happy 4th from Minnesota!

Erin said...

what a great (& GREEN!) idea! he is such a cutie!

Sonya Heilmann said...

What a great idea. I love the photo where he's concentrating so hard on his artwork.

We're going to have to check out that book from the library, because Liv likes a couple of her other books. A favorite book of hers in my house is "My Chincoteague Pony" - have you seen that one?

Katie's Dailies said...

What a great and fun way to spend today!

Nicole said...

That is so cute!!! Maddie would love that. Guess I need to save up some more bags....

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Love this! I'm linking up to it in my post for this evening! :)