Celebrating Earth Day in the Classroom

Earth Day is on April 22nd, try out these fun and simple activities in your classroom!


Earth Day Sorting Sensory Bin

earth day sensory bin

I am in awe of how pretty blue and green rice look together. I always have the colors on hand, and I use this recipe to whip up new batches every now and then. You can use watercolor paint or tempura paint! I added a sorting activity I bought years ago from the Dollar Tree. Check to see if your local store has it, but I was able to find the SAME ONE on Amazon for under 5 bucks here.

earth day sensory bin

Earth Day Printable Book

In my Earth Day Pack, I’ve included a book with simple text to teach students all about “The Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle.” You can print the book in color, black and white, or display on any device for a no prep option!

Earth Day is on April 22nd, try out these fun and simple activities in your classroom! Earth day book list, sensory bin, easy crafts kids can do by themselves, anchor chart, downloadable or printable book, and more for your toddler, preschool, kindergarten, or first grade students. These activities will also work well in special education classrooms. Teach students how to help our environment with a foldable template about the three r’s reduce reuse and recycling.

Earth Day Anchor Chart

Have students sort the 3 R’s in this interactive anchor chart.

earth day anchor chart

Earth Day Easy Art Foldable

You know I love a good (and easy) craft! After they listen to the story and complete the anchor chart together, students can follow visual step by step directions to complete a cut and paste sort in the flip book.

earth day foldable easy art craft for kids

If you need some tasks to work on basic skills, I have these Earth Day Basic Skill Flipbooks as well.

Earth Day Picture Books

It can for sure be a struggle to find appropriate books to discuss Earth Day with younger students. A lot of the books out there are pretty lengthy, and the vocabulary (although rich) is a bit too advanced for our kiddos. Here are a few of my favorite simple books perfect for your special thinkers.

The Earth Book by Todd Parr

We Recycle by Torrey Maloof

Earth Day by Erika S. Manley (Available for FREE on Epic Books – click here)

Choose to Reuse by Lisa Bullard (Available here on Epic Books for FREE)

Rally for Recycling by Lisa Bullard (Also available on Epic Books for FREE!)

Balloon Stamping Earth Day Craft

I found this activity on Pinterest from I Heart Arts n’ Crafts and cannot wait to try it out this year with my son! We love printmaking with balloons!

Coffee Filter Earth Day Craft

These coffee filter crafts are nothing new, BUT I love the way these ones turned out from About a Mom. This is always such a fun and easy activity for students.

No Mess Painting in a Bag Earth Day Craft

Well this activity from Still Playing School is genius and great for a little sensory fun!

Pin these ideas for later!

earth day activities for kids

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