Hey teacher friends!! Earth Day is upon us, and it’s time to get your green on! But how do you teach about the importance of taking care of our planet to little humans whose favorite hobby is to uproot plants from the garden? Here are some fun, low prep activities and ideas to get you started!
Earth day read alouds
Reading books about the environment is a great way to introduce students to the concept of Earth Day. Some great books for kindergarten students include “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss, “The Earth Book” by Todd Parr, and “The Curious Garden” by Peter Brown.
Make a bulletin board
Go for a nature walk
Take your class on a nature walk around the school grounds or a nearby park. Encourage students to observe the plants and animals they see and talk about ways we can protect them. This cute little scavenger hunt will get your students excited to find things in nature. Plus it comes with a cute little writing prompt to finish afterwards.
Plant a garden or a tree
Planting a garden is a fun way to teach students about the importance of growing our own food and taking care of plants. You can start a classroom garden or work with your school to create a larger garden for all students to participate in. You can further extend this in your dramatic play center! Every year around this time we turn our dramatic play into a flower shop!
use recycled materials to create
Teach students about the importance of recycling and how it can help the environment. You can have students collect recyclables and create a recycling bin in the classroom.
Earth day crafts
Crafts are a great way to get students excited about Earth Day. You can have students make Earth Day bracelets, create Earth Day paintings, or make recycled paper.
Remember, teaching kindergarten students about Earth Day is a great way to instill a love for the environment and teach them about the importance of taking care of our planet. By introducing these concepts early on, we can help create a more sustainable future for generations to come. Happy Earth Day, teachers!