For a bulletin board make a large earth, have each student trace their hands and write one thing they can do on it to save the Earth. Put the hands around the Earth and write "The Future Of Our Earth Is In Our Hands"
Everyone gets a square with a quarter circle. Image from indulgy
Bring in recycled items to make various art projects out of and have a Recycled Art Show. Can have the children bring in recycled items.
See: Recycle at A to Z Kids Stuff.
Use a brown paper bag and some newspaper to make a model Earth. Stuff the bag with the paper and close with a twist tie. Paint the Earth blue and then when that dries you can either use printable land forms or have the children use a globe and paint their own.
Have an Earth Friendly Picnic. Tell each parent to pack a brown bag lunch that is earth friendly. Things like fruit, etc. You supply cloth napkins. After you are finished collect the brown paper bags and make puppets from them. While on your picnic have a race to see who can pick up 3 pieces of trash first.
Need: 2 clear plastic cups, potting soil, transparent tape, radish seed or grass seed.
A paper cup can be used for the bottom. Draw pictures on the cup.
Soak enough soil to fill one cup half full. Sprinkle the seeds on top. Invert the other cup over the top and tape the seams. Place in a warm, sunny place and wait for the seeds to sprout.
A terrarium is like a tiny world. The top cup is like the sky. It traps the evaporating water from the soil and recycles it over and over.
Sites to See
An interactive site featuring characters that help teach children the importance of caring for our planet and everything in it. This site also contains printable sections. Printable recycle kit and coloring pages.
I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I've come here to celebrate Earth Day, so please Come join me and help spread the message I bring. Be a friend to the trees and to each living thing.
Bring your preschoolers, early readers (and anyone needing a homework break) to Dr. Suess' cyberspace playground to catch Truffula seeds in a Shockwave basket.
National Arbor Day
Use crayons or chalk to crate rubbings of various tree parts. Place leaves under a single sheet of newsprint. Rub the crayon over the top of the paper until the imprint of the leaf appears. Try making additional rubbings using bark and maple leaves.
Items Made From Trees
Collect items from around the classroom for children to sort and classify as those made from trees as "wooden items" and "non-wooden items." Label and provide boxes or similar containers for the children to place the items. Have the children count the number of items in each category and record the results.
Collect and plant seeds from fruits that grow on trees such as apples and citrus fruits. Make and record predictions about when the plants will sprout.
Sites to See