Green Activities for Kids

Sunday, October 10, was a hot, sunny day, just ripe for a day of action and learning. We started off by setting up tables and signs at El Carmelo School, and then David Coale (left) assembled his work of art, The Oil Memorial, with assistance from Paul Heft (right).

At 1pm, the volunteers had arrived and the families started coming in.

Photos and highlights: Continue reading


Peak Oil Coloring Book

What is Peak Oil?  And Why Should I Care?

Make the coloring book that was developed for the 10/10/10 event “Time for an Oil Change — Green Activities for Parents and Kids”!

  1. Download the Peak_Oil_Coloring_Book_10-07-2010.pdf.  When you open the file you will notice two “pages” in the document, which are designed to be printed on two sides of one sheet of large paper.  When printing, set (for example in printer properties): 
    • Duplex printing (two-sided)
    • Paper size:  11″ x 17″
    • “Short-side stapling”, or “Flip over”:  choose a setting that ensures that both sides of the printed sheet will be oriented similarly, with the same long edge being upwardmost.
    • Coloring book showing reverse bent over

      1 Large paper printed on two sides

    2 Half sheets stacked one on the other

  2. Once you print the sheet, cut it lengthwise to separate the top half from the bottom half.  Flip over the bottom half so that the dinosaurs are face up.  Stack the top half-sheet on top of the bottom half-sheet; the dinosaurs will now be covered.

  4. Fold the two half-sheets (together) with a vertical crease down the middle, so that the cover (“What is Peak Oil?”) winds up on the front of the folded stack.  Staple at the crease (you’ll need a stapler with a long reach).  Now you can flip through the eight pages!
  5. 3 Folded and stapled

If you don’t have a printer that can handle two-sided printing on such large paper, and you can’t find a friend or a copy shop to help you, you’ll be forced to print a small version on letter size paper and the margins won’t come out right.  Oh well, you might still have fun reading this tiny illustrated book!

October 10 – Time for an Oil Change – Green Activities for Parents and Kids

Time for an Oil Change flyer


Download the Time for an Oil Change Flyer for 10/10/10 (PDF)
Post it! – Give it to your friends!

See the Facebook Page for the event!


Time for an Oil Change:
Green Activities for Parents and Kids
October 10

Sunday, 10/10/10 (October 10, 2010) 1-4pm

Where: El Carmelo School, 3024 Bryant St at Loma Verde Ave, Palo Alto

Come out for an afternoon of fun, carbon-cutting activities for kids young and old. We’ll have lots of fun things to do, plus games, arts and crafts, and prizes and more.

Come learn:

1pm – Knitting, make Felt bags, Family yoga, Worm composting, games, Plant veggies, Art and drawing
2pm – Gather around the Oil Memorial to attach things we’ll have to give up when the oil is gone!
2:30 – A slide show presentation on Climate Change
3pm – A reading of the Lorax, Learn massage

We’ll also have a bike you can ride to light a bulb, and games to play. Pledge to walk or bike, cut your carbon footprint at the same time!

Plus, fill out your Green Passport to win prizes!

Walking or carpooling recommended.
Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto and the El Carmelo Green Team. Partners: Blossom Birth, Stanford Knit Wits
This event is a part of the Global Work Party to reduce carbon emissions.

10/10/10 Work Day: Sunday, October 10, 2010

It’s Time for an Oil Change:

Green Activities for Parents and Kids10/10/10 global work party

Get ready for 10/10/10! Transition Palo Alto has partnered with for this worldwide day of action to spread the word about peak oil and climate change, and all the ways you can cut your carbon emissions. We’re planning a big day of activities for kids, parents and all adults, including skills you may have forgotten or never learned, but which your grandparents likely knew.

Among the highlights:

  • We’ll be building an end-to-cheap-oil tower.
  • Activities include building a solar oven, knitting, creating arts and crafts, and many more (additional info here).
  • See a slide show on reducing your carbon footprint by one of Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Thirty”, Axel Clavier.
  • Pledge to reduce your carbon and get your passport to a greener Palo Alto!

To sign up or to help out, go to and click on “RSVP”.