Earth Day is right around the corner. This Earth Day craft is a great way introduce kids to the day and its meaning. Kids often have a hard time thinking globally. They don’t associate their actions of today with a greater impact on the future.
Start a discussion with your students about the fact that Earth’s resources are limited. Explain the importance of conserving water and energy, recycling, and planting trees. Discuss with them ways they can save the planet so that it will be around for a long time.
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Fill your book basket with books about Earth Day. There are so many to choose from. There are books with popular characters working to make the planet better. Those that explain more about recycling, composting, and conservation. And books that will help your young learners get a good idea of what they can do to celebrate Earth Day.
Once you’ve discussed Earth Day with your children, create an Earth Day mobile to display. This mobile will be a visual reminder to them of what they can do to keep the Earth clean.
Supplies Needed for Earth Day Craft
How to Make an Easy Earth Day Craft
Download and print the Earth Day printables below. Color each of the images included.
Review the ways your child can help take care of our planet. If they have ideas that aren’t represented by the images provided, use the blank circles to draw their idea.
Write a sentence or a few words on each of the lined circles (or as many as your child wants to include) about how they can help the planet. Allow younger children to dictate their ideas to you while you write them down. Older children can write their own.
Cut out all of the pieces you will be using. Glue the large planet earth to the center of a paper plate. Not only will this provide stability for the project, but you can later punch holes in the plate instead of your child’s coloring page.
Match each drawing with a lined page, and glue them back to back. Punch a hole in the top of each set of circles as well as along the bottom of the paper plate. Using string or linked paper clips, attach each circle to the Earth plate.
Hang the mobile in a high-traffic area of your home as a visual reminder for young children about the need to take care of our planet and its natural resources.
What does your family do to celebrate Earth Day?