Activity | Celebrate Emoji Day | Desert Botanical Garden

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Emojis are a fun way to show your expressions (happy face, cool glasses and laughing emoji). These fun icons have surpassed their origins on the internet and through texting and are now part of everyone’s daily communication habits. Did you know the first emoji was created by Japanese artist Shigetaka Kurita. He wanted to create a simple and succinct way to convey information using images. Since then, companies started using emojis and making their own. The Garden has a few favorite emojis, including ( add cactus, mountain, sun and plant).

In celebration of National Emoji Day, enjoy this family friendly activity to make your own emoji.

Materials:

· Two paper plates
· Staples or tape
· Yellow tissue paper or party streamer
· Black and green construction paper
· Glue stick
· Scissors
· Optional: yarn, string or twine
· Optional: candy or other items

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Procedure:

1. Optional: Cut a piece of yarn, string or twine. Create a hook and staple it to the top of one of the plates.

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2. Take the two plates and place both fronts on top of each other. It should create a void between them.

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3. Optional: Add your candy to the void and finish with the final staples.
4. Now, staple the plates around the edges together. (Or you can tape them together.)

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5. Cut 2-inch strips of tissue paper
6. Now, cut small slits across the bottom of the tissue paper. (Or take the party streamer and cut slits across the bottom of it.)

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7. Run your glue stick across the bottom of your paper plate it in a straight line and gently lay your tissue paper across it. Cut any excess tissue paper off.

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8. Place your next line of glue above the tissue paper or party streamer and repeat until the whole plate is covered.

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9. Now, get the black construction paper or party streamer and cut out a pair of cool shades and a smile. Then paste onto your emoji.

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10. Now, cut two saguaro shapes and paste those on top of your cool shades.

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11. Hang up your project or gift it to a special friend for emoji day!

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