by Jolene Toves
Guam - Celebrating Earth Day can be fun for the entire family as Underwater World's "Mommy and Me" workshop shares the importance of thinking green.
Around the island businesses are sharing their love for the environment. Its no surprise that Underwater World is joining in on the celebration by hosting the workshop to share the importance of protecting mother earth with families. "Most of it focuses on a lot of socio-emotional skills and building their fine motor and gross motor skills and all of this is done through play we'll be doing a lot of eco-friendly activities," said Kayle Tydingco.
The workshop is geared toward children three to five years old and promises to have a variety of interactive games and activities to make learning about protecting our earth fun. "One of my favorite activities that we are working on right now is egg painting where we are using reused plastic eggs and we are filling them with paint and we are letting the kids open them kind of splatter them around get messy and have fun and explore," she said.
While the activities will engage the child's sensory motor skills they will also be geared toward recycling. Tydingco says they will also be talking about the earth and how we can protect it, saying, "Another aspect of our Mommy and Me program is it entitled is for earth and so they are also learning about other things that start with the letter 'E' one of the animals we will be talking about is the eel and so they will learn how to make something that looks like an eel and it will be out of recycled material."
While the participants won't be able to touch an eel they will be able to get an up close and personal with their "Dead Stuff Jars" where animals that have lived out their lives are preserved. But the workshop would not be complete without a guided tour through the aquarium. "Where we are going to explain all the animals and the kids are going to learn all their names and say hi to all of our animals like Scooby and Napu our green sea turtles and they are even going to meet our baby Nari she is a spotted eagle ray," she said.
The workshop is on April 26th from 10 am to noon admission is $30 for one adult and one child but if you would like to make it a family affair. Participation will cost $12 for adults and $8 for additional children. Tydingco says what better way to celebrate earth month than through their workshop, saying, "So come down to Underwater World and celebrate the environment through their Mommy and Me Earth Day workshop."