Saturday, July 8, 2017

What's In The Sky for July!

Happy Full Moon Pals!  The full moon is exact on July 9 at 13:10.

What are this months full moon names? The names for the July Moon are Ripe Corn Moon, Summer Moon, Ghost Moon, Crane Moon, Rose Moon, Mead Moon and Moon of Mid Summer.

This is a full month with the DELTA AQUARIUS METEOR Shower Jul 21-Aug 23 and the PERSEIDS Jul 13-Aug 26!

Coming in August we also have the Partial lunar eclipse August 7 and Total solar eclipse August 21!

Did you know we call the moon names?

Don't worry we are being kind!  The moon has been given names from different peoples based on the calendar and their culture for centuries! Some of May moon names are: The Flower Moon, The Milk Moon, Bright Moon, Hare Moon, Grass Moon, Planting Moon, Panther Moon, Dragon Moon and the Moon When Leaves Are Green.The Arapaho Indians referred to this Full Moon as "when the ponies shed their shaggy hair"
See the names for every month: 

Learn more about the Full Moon Names,  Moon Phases and Moon Facts at Planetpals!

Monday, July 3, 2017

How Important Is Caring For Earth - Let Kids tell Us!

Teachers Help Kids Illustrate How Important Environmental Responsibility Is!

Kids around the world illustrate how important caring for the planet can be.

Canton Elementary School Student Andrew , first grade, drew his rendition of Planetpals Earthman.  


Kids Illustrate how to Care about earth with art
Muzak thought up his own Planetpals Characters....and shared them with us. This creative poster idea was part of an art compitition organized by HRCA mega events, Pakistan. Muaaz Salman and in the first grade received silver medal for this.


Kids Illustrate how to Care about earth with art

Simple ideas by using newsprint and printed type, teach us to plant trees. Drawing by Christie.

Kids Illustrate how to Care about earth with art

Division 1,  K-1st grade student Jonathan R. from Samoset Elementary Manatee County teaches us about water conservation.


Kids Illustrate how to Care about earth with art

Teaching us many things!  This clever poster by first grader Rachel Watson illustrates everything we can foo to help Earth.She won first prize.
Kids Illustrate how to Care about earth with art
There are many more great ideas for Teachers to Teach responsibility at Planetpals.  All Earth all the time!







Thursday, June 8, 2017

Think Pink this June Full Moon!

June's full moon, will reach its peak this Friday, June 9, at 9:10 a.m. EST.  Known as the Strawberry Full Moon, the Strong Sun MoonMoon When Berries Are Ripe, the Dyan Moon, Moon of Horses, Planting Moon, Windy Moon, Green Corn Moon, Lotus Moon and Rose Moon.  Think about those while you view this special moon! 

This months moon is at 

The Full Moon will be in Sagittarius (Sun in Gemini opposite Moon in Sagittarius. 
Also on June 9, Jupiter ends its retrograde motion.


Learn more about the full moon pages and names.

Friday, June 2, 2017

How We Transformed A Swing Set Into A Tree House For Growing Kids

This recycle idea is not for the birds!

Playthings swing sets are a great addition to your yard when kids are young, but they soon outgrow them.  What do you do then?  
With three boys , one family in Canton MA had a unique idea.  Why not transform the existing swing set into a tree house, hence, get a few more years out of it!  It was a great building project for the kids as well as a lesson in the art of the 4 R's....Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Remake.
A photo story from beginning to end:
The original Playthings Williamsburg swing set configuration.  

Family and friends had plenty of fun on the old swing set through the years.


A front view showing the new configuration as a tree house (still utilizing the swings)
 
Close up of the Tree House  section, roof and deck added, as well as, a bench inside. Allowing more room for grown kids and additional play space.

A side view of the new Tree House 

Brenden, Andrew, Christopher and friend Josh show off the final Tree House!  Notice the ropes tied to the front and sides for safety and adding a fun look.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Patriotic Craft Ideas for Summer Holidays

Whether you are celebrating Memorial Day, 4th of July,  Labor Day  or any other patriotic day or event check out these great craft ideas for the US Flag, decor or parties.




These RocK!  Painted Flag Rocks.  Fun to find the stones and fun to paint. 


Decorate your Camp site with Red, White, Blue And Oh So Green Patriotic Campers


Have a crafty Summer Pals!




Monday, May 15, 2017

Share and Care for Endangered Species Day Pals!

Endangered Species Day is In May.



On May 19, 2017 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will observe Endangered Species Day in order to recognize the national conservation efforts to protect our nation's endangered species and their habitats.  

At Planetpals, We love Earth and all Earth's Creatures Big and Small,.  Check out Planetpals Endangered Species Page Learn all about Endangered Species Learn how may species there are, which creatures are the oldest, why habitats are so easy to break, and more.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy May 2017 Full Moon Pals!




The Full Moon May's 2017 will be on MAY 10  for the United States (EST) and May 11th in Europe. This months New Moon will come later in the month on May 25th. The full moon for this May occurs on May 10 AT 5:42 pm  (in Eastern Time EST) in the Astrological SIGN of TAURUS.

Did you know we call the moon names?
Don't worry we are being kind!  The moon has been given names from different peoples based on the calendar and their culture for centuries! Some of May moon names are: The Flower Moon, The Milk Moon, Bright Moon, Hare Moon, Grass Moon, Planting Moon, Panther Moon, Dragon Moon and the Moon When Leaves Are Green.The Arapaho Indians referred to this Full Moon as "when the ponies shed their shaggy hair"
See the names for every month: 

Learn more about the Full Moon Names,  Moon Phases and Moon Facts at Planetpals!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Original Earthday Buttons Circa 1970

Pin This Little Bit Of Earthday History!



My friend Julie went to one of the very first Earthday USA Events and she received this button!  It's a pretty clever design and she saved it all these years.  


Check out the Original Earthday Buttons Circa 1970! 

This is another Earthday button design which was from the original Earthday conference 1970. This one includes the original Earthday logo designed by Ron Cobb in 1969.  Learn more about the original Earthday Logo.

Check out the Original Earthday Buttons Circa 1970!

According to the Smithsonian Institute This is another Earthday button design which was from the original Earthday 1970.  David Powell, a University of Pennsylvania graduate, designed this button for the Philadelphia Earth Week Committee on the occasion of the first Earth Day in 1970. The button was made by Horn Badge Co. of Glenside, Pennsylvania.



Learn more about earthday.  Planetpals has the most complete and comprehensive Earthday pages and information available on the web! 








Happy Earthday Pals!

Friday, April 21, 2017

This List Of Places To Donate Bottle Caps Is Tops!


Bottle caps are usually made of # 5 plastic.  They need to be recycled separately!

Creative ways to recycle bottle caps or donate them for good use!
Bottle caps are made from #5 Plastic and get recycled differently than the bottle!

Did you know bottle top Plastic caps are typically made from plastic #5 while the bottles are made from #2. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Plastic caps on glass bottles
  • Caps on tubes
  • Caps on baby food pouches
  • Caps on cartons, such as those for milk, orange juice etc 
Remember, plastic takes over 500 years to biodegrade, if ever!  It's best to remove the tops and return them to a place that will use them.  There are a multitude of collection facilities such as manufacturers, grocery stores, schools and organizations.  *NOTE: If your cap is a #2 plastic you can leave it on if your town recycles bottles!


This List Of Places To Donate Bottle Caps Is Tops!
Bottle Cap Art Mural Caps can be sent to schools.  Check your town schools first!

Helpful List of Ideas and Places to Recycle Caps:


  • Try Googling “Plastic Cap Recycling”. There are many places that accept and request caps for recycling and have websites where that information is easy to access.
Recycle Caps LOCALLY:
  • Check with your city. Some cities do accept plastic bottle caps, but they may require that you remove the cap from the bottle and put it in the bin separately. 
  • Check local school or teachers organization to see if they need them for projects
  • Whole Foods. Some Whole Foods Markets accept #5 plastic caps for recycling. Next time you’re shopping, check their bins to see if yours does, too! Whole Foods takes part in the Gimme Five Program
Recycle Caps By Mail:  
If you can’t find a local place to drop off your plastic caps for recycling, you can mail them to one of these places!
  • Aveda, the skin and hair care company, offers an option for recycling bottle caps
  • Caps Of Love, This US charity funds children's wheelchairs 
  • Caps Can Do.  Caps Can Do is a company that specializes in recycling #5 plastic.
Recycle BY Repurposing:
Recycling is great, but reusing is also a good idea.  Particularly, if it is a permanent project like a mural! Check out our recycle craft ideas for bottles and caps on Planetpals Pinterest Page


    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Unique Upcycled Repurposed Garden Ideas

    DIY has gone LOL, WOW, and OMG!
    Unique repurpose gardening ideas that are WOW LOL and OMG!

    Anything goes with recycled garden planters.  People sure are clever!
    Here are some of the most unique items repurposed into garden planters that even you could do! Recycle garden containers galore:

    Pantastic!
    All bottled up
    You'll get a kick out of this
    Contained
    Tired yet?
    You can do this, too
    Not sloppy just floppy!

    bagged up
    painted palette 
    Ajar

    Road rage ?
    More gardening info on our Green Garden Page at Planetpals.com and Pinterest Gardening Pages.






    Monday, April 17, 2017

    The Colors of Composting

    What Items Can You Compost?

    There is a science too composting and some ingredients are better than others! This chart will teach you how to compost  and get the most from it.  Remember these three colors and you will be good to go!

    What can you compost?  Fact filled article and infographic

    Learn More About Composting With Squirmy Wormy:








    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Planetpals Healthy Eating Plate

    Be Heart Healthy Pals!

    The USDA recommends you have a certain amount of specific foods to stay healthy paired with exercise.  Planetpals now offers this healthy poster to help teach kids for the classroom! 


    Teach Kids How to Eat Healthy with this fun chart

    To Learn more about Healthy Eating and staying healthy check out Planetpals Healthy Lifestyle Pages.



    Monday, April 10, 2017

    What's a Garbage Garden?

    It's not just a lot of SCRAP!
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    What's a Garbage Garden, You ask?
    Don't toss it scrap it:

    My friend Julie tosses many of her vegetable scraps and seeds into a garden and watches it grow! It not only makes great compost soil.  It makes great vegetables.  It's a simple idea and one that thrives every summer.  It's colorful and resourceful, and it's always a surprise to see what will grow.  She gets a variety of vegetables from tomatoes to peppers, all types, all sizes. So, think twice before you put everything in the garbage disposal.
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    Toss scaps into one garden spot
    Whether you toss the scraps into one spot or separate them into different pots - your garden will flourish and be fruitful!

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    Toss scraps into separate pots
    Many things can be Regrown easily including tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, garlic and scallions,  the list goes on! 

    Here is a sample of Julie's Harvest.  Time for dinner!
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    regrow, garbage garden, scrap garden, green gardening, regrowing, how to regrow
    regrow, garbage garden, scrap garden, green gardening, regrowing, how to regrow
    Regrowing is popular but garbage gardening takes it to a new level.  It's no scrappy idea! Why not try it, too?
    There are dozens of fruits and vegetables that can be re-grown. This list includes some of the simplest: 

    • Avocado
    • Beets
    • Bok Choy
    • Carrots
    • Celery
    • Garlic
    • Ginger
    • Green Onions
    • Herbs
    • Leeks
    • Lemon Grass
    • Mushrooms
    • Peppers
    • Potatoes
    • Romaine Lettuce
    • Rutabagas
    • Scallions
    • Turnips
    • Tomatoes

    More gardening info on our Green Garden Page at Planetpals.com and Pinterest Gardening Pages.