Earth Day lands on April 22st this year which means this week is a great week to do Earth Day crafts that are fun and super easy for you to prepare. You can do any of these activities as a single event, or you can talk about Earth Day a little every day and do a craft to go with it!
Fun Earth Day Activities in Centers
If you want to talk about and celebrate Earth Day, but you can’t figure out where to fit it, make it part of your schedule. I know centers have always been a central part of my classroom. Therefore, it’s easy for me to add Earth Day activities into my centers. Years ago, I made Earth Day Centers that focus on literacy. Some ideas that are covered in these centers include fact/opinion, syllables, parts of speech, and putting words in alphabetical order. You can use the alphabetical order cards as a room activity as well!
You can also check out these free Literacy Center activities for Earth Day! Just click on the picture!
Practice Fine Motor Skills with Earth Day
Another great way to work on an important skill while still celebrating Earth Day is with Fine Motor Tracing Cards. This is a simple activity students can do for morning work while you are getting ready by taking attendance or helping a student. If tracing doesn’t take enough time, you can also have the students cut them out to practice their fine motor skills even more. This fun Earth Day activity can be added to a craft or just done for extra practice!
Have Fun with Legos and Snap Cubes
All students, no matter what age, love playing with manipulatives! This week, give your students a treat with this fun Earth Day activity and break out the Legos and snap cubes! Using Earth Day Snap Cube Mats or Brick Building Cards, your students can create beautiful Earth Day pictures. Then, you can add these images to other fun activities you might do for Earth Day.
Print and Go Earth Day Activities
Sometimes holidays like Earth Day sneak up on you and just need something that you can print and go! You can do just that with these Earth Day Worksheets. These worksheets are a great addition to any lesson and really gets students thinking about they can do to help Earth! If you want something a bit more exciting, you can use this no-prep double-sided flipbook. This is an informational text that helps students understand more about Earth Day. Plus, it’s a great visual! There are also so many resources in my Earth Day Mini Unit that you can build off of or add to what you already have.
Use Task Cards to Create a Fun Earth Day Activity
Task cards can be used in so many different ways in your classroom. I love the Geoboard Task Cards I have for Earth Day because they are simple, fun, and easy for you to prepare. Whether you use these as an early finisher activity, morning work, or as a part of your Earth Day centers, your students are going to have so much fun using them!
Read Aloud Earth Day Books
No matter what time of year it is, I always find a way to incorporate books! When students are at this age, they are like sponges and copycats! If they see you reading and having a good time, they will enjoy reading more too. It’s more of a bonus if they are having fun while you are reading to them. I always find great Earth Day read alouds to go along with all of my activities during the week.
Write All About It!
The fun activities for Earth Day that you do this week should help build great memories! Work with your students on writing about them with this sentence building activity throughout the week.
At the end of the week, challenge students (with a sentence starter) to tell you about their favorite Earth Day activity and something they learned. You can also ask them what they are going to do to make the Earth happier. You can find a free Earth Day Writing prompt here!
There are so many holidays throughout the school year, and many are worth celebrating. However Earth Day seems especially special because it gives your students a chance to understand the world they live in a little better. Plus, the fun Earth Day activities are countless!