I’ll admit it, we’re a high-tech, high energy consuming family. We have computers, video game consoles, portable gaming systems, ice making machine, bead machine… heck if it plugs in, we probably have it. We do try to do our part with controlling our energy usage. We’ve changed out our bulbs, we use low water washing machine and do laundry and dishes during low times, we turn out lights in rooms were not in. This last habit is a hard lesson for kids to grasp. I was surprised to hear my son remind his teacher to turn the classroom light off when she left the class after school one day. Maybe it is sinking in.
The kids were looking forward to this years Earth Hour. Living in the big city, we’re fortunate to have a wonderful Nature Centre located in the big city park, located near our home. They run great programs for kids. This year the Nature Centre was running a lantern making workshop the week before Earth Hour and we decided to participate.
The weather was very wet and gray. My husband thought maybe we should drive, but really, we live so close it didn’t make sense. I actually think the kids enjoyed the adventure of running through the puddles to get to the centre more than driving in the drizzle anyway.
I had saved and washed three glass bottles for the kids to decorate. A little one for my youngest. A large one for my oldest. And one that fell somewhere between the size of the two for my middle child.
We arrived early. That and the rain ensured we could find a spot at one of the long tables to work on our lanterns. My oldest had done one of the Nature Centre’s lantern workshops years ago so she didn’t need any direction or motivation to start on her creation. Sitting at the table she started to plan her pattern and look through the various paper samples to find just the right pieces.
Our other two started enthusiastically, but after one or two pieces were glued to their lantern, they were more interested in exploring the Centre. My husband and I worked to finish the half completed lanterns while the easily distracted other two (more alike than I care to admit sometimes) went to look at the turtle or the hamster or the sample of bird nests stored in a cabinet.
While my oldest continued to cut and paste and plan her lantern, Katie and Diana, two of the amazing ladies at the centre, worked to put handles on our two finished lanterns and my husband read some nature stories to keep the other two in one place.