As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Earth Day Series (5) – Frogs & The Rainforest

April 22nd is Earth Day.This week April 16-22, I will be sharing with you ideas and projects to help create better awareness of environmental issues and develop a much deeper empathy for other earthlings be they winged, finned or legged. Hopefully, there will be more interest to commit to help care for the home we share- planet Earth.
Today’s Topic: Frogs & The Rainforest
Today’s Project:Making a Rainforest Frog Shirt (Revitalizing a Kid’s Old Shirt with Patchwork)
Rainforest Frog Shirt
design by Paulina Constancia
Let’s learn about Rainforests
Rainforests are located across the world, generally around the equator, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.  Central and South America, Africa, India, Southeast Asia, parts of Indonesia and Australia all contain rain forests.
Earth Day Series – The Rainforest
mixed media art by Paulina Constancia
There are many species of plants and animals in the rainforest.A common estimate is that approximately half of the world’s animal species live in rainforests. Another estimate is that 25 percent of the world’s medicine is derived from rainforest plants.  

Unfortunately, scientists have not been able to research and explore the majority of the rainforest plants to find all of the possible medicines and new species of plants and animals.  

Opinions differ on exactly how much rainforest is disappearing due to slash and burn farming techniques, but they are disappearing. There are several websites that offer ways to help save the rainforest including Ecologyfund and Greenribbonpledge  

A Little About Rainforest Frogs
Frogs need constant moisture because they have a permeable skin and lose a lot of water.

Rainforest Frog
Photo Source
Although there are a few exceptional species such as burrowing frogs, most of the world’s frogs live in areas with high rainfall.

There are therefore countless species in the rainforests, and these frogs are indeed beautiful and colourful animals. 

Tree frogs are very common in rainforests. They have expanded circular discs under their fingers and toes, which enable them to climb. Many species are beautiful bright green and have red eyes. 

Other famous frogs of rainforests are poison dart frogs. These very brightly coloured frogs are found in Central and South America. 

While tree frogs are camouflaged to the colours of the plants they inhabit, poison dart frogs are not trying to camouflage. They send a message that they are poisonous instead. 

In fact, they are some of the most poisonous animals on the Earth. They get their name from the fact that native tribal people use their poison on the top of their arrows and darts. Once poisoned, the dart remains fatal for two years.

Find Answers to The most Frequently Asked Questions About Frogs

Here are 10 Easy Ways Kids 
Can Help Save the Rainforests 
as recommended by the Rainforest Alliance

Making a Rainforest Frog Shirt
(Revitalizing A Kid’s Old Shirt)
Most parents of growing kids always buy their little ones a size bigger just so the kids can use their shirts a little longer than a week. But sometimes, after a while the shirt still fits perfectly but may have too many stain marks or it may be a bit too faded. So here is a solution I offer…turn that old shirt into a work of art..Earlier this week, we learned about the 4th R in sustainable living – Repair. So here is an example. Before you nix it, fix it! In this example – we try to fix the ‘look’ anyway. What looks old can be new again!

You’ll Need:
a kid’s old shirt
colorful fabric swatch
a print of a rainforest frog silhouette
needle & crafting thread (your choice of colour)
fabric dimensional paint

Here are the Steps:
Step 1- Choose one of your kid’s old shirts 
to revitalize.
Quilt Fabric by Robert Kaufman
Step 2- Print & cut a rainforest frog silhouette.
Pin this to your fabric and cut.
Step 3-Using the backstitch, sew the frog patch 
onto the shirt, keeping a little distance 
from the edge.
Step 4- When you’re done stitching, 
use a dimensional fabric paint to seal all edges 
of the frog  patch. No more loose threads 
after this step.
Step 5- Still using the dimensional fabric paint, 
add some design details.

Step 6- Allow the frog patch to dry completely. If you’re in a hurry, you can use a blowdryer to expedite things a little bit. When dry, you may add more details using the same colour of thread you used to attach the frog patch. This way the thread outline connects with the central design, and the look will appear more ‘finished’

The Rainforest Frog Shirt is now complete. That’s one lucky and happy kid… I tell you, the message ‘I Love You’ 
just leaps out of this shirt. Hahaha

Some Quotes to Ponder on 
for Earth Day and Beyond

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. 
That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.”
-Gaylord Nelson

“We have forgotten how to be good guests, 
how to walk lightly on the earth 
as its other creatures do.” 
-Barbara Ward

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