# Earth Day Poster Activity

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Updated on Apr 8, 2013

On Earth Day, celebrated each April 22nd in many countries, we give thanks for the Earth’s natural resources and reflect on how to sustain the planet for future generations.

Parents who grew up in the 1970s might remember seeing television public service announcements with Woodsy Owl skipping through snow-covered forests and singing “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute.” Younger parents might not remember the U.S. Forest Service’s ad, but they can appreciate the clever slogan. You can easily incorporate this activity into a geometry lesson and it's a great way for children to practice using a ruler.

### What You Need:

• 16 x 12 inch piece of blue construction paper
• 8 1/2 x 11 piece of brown construction paper
• 8 1/2 x 11 piece of light brown or beige construction paper
• Small piece of yellow construction paper
• Small piece of orange construction paper
• Ruler
• Pencil
• Math compass
• Black marker
• Scissors
• Glue

### What You Do:

1. Help your child trace his hands on the light brown construction paper to make the owl's wings.
2. On the same piece of light brown construction paper your child traced his hands on, draw a 2 x 6 inch rectangle, which will form the owl’s head,
3. Ask your child to draw two triangles on the light colored construction paper. They should measure 2 x 2 x 1 5/8 inches. If you're going for the geometry lesson, you might explain that these owl ears are isosceles triangles because two of their sides are the same length.
4. Cut out the hands, ears, and a rectangle.
5. Use the scissors to round the corners of the rectangle.
6. Using the dark brown paper, assist your child in drawing a rectangular branch that is 3 x 11 1/2 inches.
7. Assist your child in drawing the owl’s body, a rectangle measuring 8 x 5 1/2 inches on the same piece of brown paper.
8. Cut out the two rectangles.
10. Using the orange construction paper, draw and cut out a foot with three 1 1/2 inch toes.
11. Use the first foot as a guide for making the second foot. The most important thing is that the two feet look similar.
12. Ask your child to place the two owl ears base to base on the orange paper, and help your child trace the resulting diamond shape to make the owl’s beak.
13. Now he can cut out the feet and beak from the piece of orange paper.