Monday, December 29, 2008

Announcing the New Season of Workshops

The big news is that Green Apple Kids is moving to the Williamsburg branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Below is the schedule of the new and exciting workshops we will be hosting in 2009:

FEB. 07. Karma Kids. YoGAK! We kick off the new green apple kids season with a half moon pose when Karma Kids leads us in a session of storytime yoga.

MAR. 07. NYC Bikes. It’s bike season! Come tune-in to bike safety tips and tune-up your bike at the same time when local bike shop, NYC Bikes pays a visit.

APR. 04. Solar One. Solar One will help kids build their very own toy race cars. The silent speedsters harness energy from the sun, so they never need batteries.

MAY. 02. Solar One. The Big Bad Wolf may huff and puff, but solar one’s second workshop will teach kids about the truly awesome power of the wind.

JUN. 06. Green Market. Old Mc Donald has a farm, and you can get all his fresh, local, organic produce at a ny green market. This promises to be a delicious workshop.

JUL. 11. NY Audubon. Did you know that birds are the closest relatives to dinosaurs? The Audubon Society visits and gives
us a closer look at the beloved pigeon.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

What's in Store for the New Year

Green Apple Kids is starting the new year with splendid new changes such as a new location, new time, and new presenters. Starting in February, our next round of workshops will be held every first Saturday of the month at the Brooklyn Public Library: Williamsburg Branch on 240 Division Ave. For folks whose children let them sleep in, workshops will begin at 12 noon!
Also we are thrilled to have new presenters such as Karma Kids, NYC Bikes, Solar 1, The Green Market, and the Audubon Society to help deepen our understanding of eco-conscious living.
Let us all challenge ourselves for 2009 to become more sustainable, more conserving, and more informative about what it really means to be active environmentally conscious beings.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Make Your Own Materials

Play Dough:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
beet, spinach, and carrot juice or food coloring

Mix flour, salt and oil, and slowly add the water. Cook over medium heat, stirring until dough becomes stiff. Turn out on cutting board. Knead the playdough with your hands until of proper consistency. Use as is, or divide into balls and add a few drops of the vegetable juices or food coloring to make all your favorite colors.

Rice glue:

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 3-4 (maybe more) cups water
(makes about 2 cups of glue)

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower the temperature and simmer for 45 minutes.
  3. Notice that it should look a bit like oatmeal - if it still looks rice-like, add more water and keep cooking.
  4. When it looks like oatmeal, remove it from the heat and let it cool.
  5. Put it through a sieve to remove the larger pieces, or put in a blender (you might need a little bit more water).
  6. Store in the refrigerator.
Now you're ready to create with the kids using renewable materials made by YOU...doesn't that feel good?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

December 3rd Workshop Review

Red Rover, Red Rover, can Jenny come over? Yes she can… Jenny Greene tore herself away from her galactic studies (she can sit inside the telescopes she uses) to host a workshop on the importance of water to life on Earth. Jenny did this by taking us on a quick trip to... Mars!

After an engaging pictorial comparison that went way beyond the obvious Earth blue, Mars red comparisons, Jenny explained that the possibility of life on Mars greatly depends on whether or not that white stuff currently on the surface of Mars - GAK kids correctly guessed that it is ice - hints at water previously on the planet in liquid state.

Green Apple Kids used homemade Play-Doh to create aliens they thought could survive on the planet Mars. Many created humanoid figures in multiple colors (with double mouths, septuple limbs and even scaly bodies). The kids that weren’t sculpting creatures were watching a film (similar to the one below) that documented a Mars rover leaving the Earth’s atmosphere, entering Mars' and making a landing. After the film, GAK kids had a chance to simulate their own rover data collection thanks to scale models brought in by Ms. Greene.

In an attempt to ensure that this verdant planet (Earth) doesn’t look like that barren planet (Mars) in the future, GAK founders Beatrice and Liza explained the importance of conserving wetlands and reducing water waste. Thankfully all of the Green Apple Kids came up with many imaginative ways to use less water in their own homes.

Presenter Jenny Greene (center) enjoying a Green Apple laugh.