Down the drain

I’m talking the talk so I’d better walk the walk.

I’ve read and blogged about many books that inspire us to take better care of our rivers, lakes and oceans and the creatures within.

So here is a recipe to make your own toilet bombs.

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Simply pop them in the bowl, scrub whilst they fizz and your bowl will not only be clean but will also smell lovely!

  •  1 cup of bicarbonate soda
  •   1/4 cup of citric acid
  •  3 tablespoons of castile soap.
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil. (feel free to change these oils around as you please)

Mix dry ingredients then add wet ingredients.

Push into ice cube moulds and let set for 3 hours.

The mixture may fizz and rise a bit in the moulds so just press down until it settles down.

Enjoy the smell!!

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Little Green Riding Hood

I needed to find a short script that I could use in my writing group and I wanted to focus it on fractured fairytales and sustainability.

I couldn’t find one so I have written one myself!

 

Here is the start… (If you would like more please see my teachers pay teachers site)

 

Little green riding hood.

 

Puppet enters

 

Green hood: Hmmm, I’m so lost, my google maps ap has crashed again. (She looks worried and walks back and forth)

I know that is a gum tree and gum trees are often near water so if I follow the river I might find my way to Grandma’s hut. (Little green walks towards the river looking worried)

 

Big Bad Cat: Well hello there little one. (jumps out)

 

Green: AARGHHHH (she jumps in fright)

 

BBC: Now don’t be scared, I’m just a cat. (let’s out a big burp)
GH: whaaaaatt??? Did you just burp?

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So all in all it is a simple story which allows students to experience puppetry. They learn how to read a script and in turn can create their own.

Students also link into the sustainability outcome in the Australian curriculum through learning about the plight of native animals due to feral animals hunting them for food and for fun.

More needs to be done by local councils to stop the spread of feral animals – mostly cats into the Australian bush. Laws are in place but are not strongly implemted. There are too many cats out roaming at night time doing as they please.

We need to lobby the local council to implement heavier penalties for single and once off offences.

Why start a blog about books?

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This is why, and I thank @coralsci for this:

I was watching a TED talk by Kristen Marhaver ( @coralsci) about growing baby coral to help replenish reefs.

She said this that inspired me to try and make a difference, to try and help others understand what is going on in the wider world and how it relates to us even in the smallest way.

And yet, almost everyone I meet, no matter how educated, is not sure what a coral is or where they come from. How would we get someone to care about the world’s coral reefs when it’s an abstract thing they can barely understand? If they don’t understand what a coral is or where it comes from, or how funny or interesting or beautiful it is, why would we expect them to care about saving them

I hope my blog can try to make meaning to real environmental issues – let me know!

 

Light up our minds

There is so much happening in the world.

Children hear everything that passes by them and many of these things may distress them, cause them to ask questions or simply confuse them.

Books can provide the answer to explore current affairs in our world.

Books can provoke thought and action in the real world.

Books can incite imagination and problem solving.

Reading books is always an enjoyable experience and here on this blog I am going to share some great tomes that not only are a great read but will also shed some light on current issues.

I hope to provide sharing ideas and activities to add to the reading experience.

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