Celebrate Earth Day (April 22th)

Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. On that day, a number of environmental actions take place, obviously – online or in person. It is also a good day to celebrate Earth, our Environment and Biodiversity.

Here are a few ideas of celebration for children and grownups !

Recycled crafts

You could try making recycled paper from egg cartons or old drawings (warning : it’s a very messy craft and you’ll have paper drying for a little while, but it’s super cool !). When it’s all dry, decorate the card you made and send love to your friends and family !

And why not include flower petals to make your recycled cards even cooler – or even small seeds so they can plant the card – and turn them into flowers ? Bees would love that – and we love bees.

If you’re not into the messy part of recycling, turn old magazines into cute little baskets – here’s how.

Recycled magazine paper basket
I liked the colors on that catalogue – the paper was quite nice and sturdy, it was perfect for this project !

You’ll find more crafts ideas using the content of your recycle bin on my Pinterest board here.

Coloring page

There is no passenger on Spaceship Earth. We’re all crew. – Marshall McLuhan

I designed a cool (according to myself) Earth Day coloring page – and added some cool (according to myself) quotes. You can get them all here !

(You can get all my other coloring pages here)

Have cookies

My friend Veronica makes the cutest cookies (and they taste good too!) and this month she made amazing Earth Day ones.

Things to listen to

We’re big fans of podcasts in this family ! Because we are French, our favourite are in this language. On environmental subjects, my children (especially my 7 years old daughter) likes OLMA (about Science in general, but very Ecology oriented) and Bestioles (fun and true stories about animals).

Things to watch

Ecology can be quite stressful to children – my daughter felt very depressed after we watched Our Planet for example. She still loved it, but she needed to find ways to help.

We’ve loved (in French) the latest season of C’est Toujours Pas Sorcier ! They cover a variety of subjects, but for Earth Day we’d watch the ones about atmospheric pollution, recycling, and the coral reefs and how to preserve them.

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Being part of the change

We tried to find ways to help her feel empowered about the environment – and I must say, apart from recycling, explaining why we did not buy as much plastic stuff as she’d like, and promising to get involved in associations (which we haven’t done yet because of covid and because she’s just 7), I’m at a loss here. I’d love to hear your ideas !

Send love to your favourite people this Valentine’s Day

French people only typically celebrate the romantic / commercial version of Valentine’s Day. Which is a shame because now more than ever, we need love and we need to spread it !

While we can’t hug our loved ones in this cold winter, I decided to celebrate my friends, family (and also my lover who I happened to marry almost 8 years ago now) !

I designed Valentine’s day cards to print, color, cut and send (or give), in French and English. Some are inspired by my friend Veronica’s amazing cookies – another cool way to send love to people. Food. I know right !

Click here to get your free Valentine’s day coloring pages !

Show me your finished cards on social media (or email me ! I answer !). Also, remember to get in touch if you need a custom card / coloring page for any occasion !

Mr and Mrs Gingerbread (free printable)

I miss hugs ! Do you miss hugs ?

gingerbread man and gingerbread woman coloring page

I’m lucky to live with a loving husband and two adorable hugging machines, but still. I miss hugging my friends, and having fun together, and I miss restaurants.
This coloring page was inspired by cookies made by Veronica at Very Vero – Sweets by design. Because what’s almost like a hug for your belly ? You’re right, a beautiful AND delicious christmas cookie.

If you wonder what their story is, head to the Party Smarty facebook page on Saturday 12th of December 2020 at 3pm for a special live balloon storytime !

And of course, you can download your coloring page by clicking here . Have fun !

Little girl gingerbread people facepainting
My daughter loved this coloring page so much she had to have it painted !

10 dinosaurs coloring book

Do you know what’s cool about dinosaurs ?
OK, OK. There are a lot of things about dinosaurs. But one cool thing is that we mostly have no idea what colour(s) they were !

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Which is super cool, because it means you can get all of your very favourite colors out, print those cool dinos I drew for you, and get crazy ! What do you mean, T REX isn’t light teal with purple hearts all over ? He might as well be.


Download your FREE 10 dinos coloring book (and subscribe to my newsletter) and give them all the colors they deserve !

Don’t forget to share your colorful dinos on your social media – and tag me so I can see every single one of them !