This activity is appropriate for:
1st - 5th grade / 6 - 10 years
Earth Day is April 22nd! Celebrate our planet with these engaging Earth Day ideas:
- Read All About It—Set up an Earth Day reading corner with interesting and age-appropriate
books, such as Earth Day—Hooray! by Stuart J. Murphy, Let’s Celebrate Earth Day
by Connie and Peter Roop, and Earth Book for Kids: Activities to Help Heal the Environment by Linda Schwartz.
Invite students to read the books (or you can read them aloud to the class) and discuss ways they can help preserve our planet!
- Plant a Plant—Provide students with small terra-cotta pots and paints to decorate them. Then help students put soil
in the pots and add seeds so they can grow their own plants! Remind students that planting trees and plants helps preserve the natural
environment of our planet.
- Eco-Friendly Lunch Challenge—During the month of April (and throughout the rest of the year as well), encourage students
to bring their lunch and snacks in reusable containers instead of disposable plastic or paper bags. Have students help you estimate the number
of bags the class is saving by investing in reusable containers!
- Save-The-Planet Posters—Set up a center with markers, posterboard, construction paper and stickers, and have students make
Earth-friendly signs. Encourage them to write slogans such as “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!” and “Keep our planet
clean!” Post the signs around the school for the month of April!
- Pennies for the Planet—Invite your students to join in a nationwide effort to promote conservation efforts by contributing pennies (and other spare change) to Pennies for the Planet. Click here to learn how your class can get involved in this environmental effort by the National Audubon Society.