Jo-Ann and I used to love celebrating Earth Day with our preschool class. We felt it was an important subject for the children and they really enjoyed learning about their environment. So we expanded our activities on this subject to at least 2 weeks! We planted gardens, made sculptures out of recycled garbage, cut those plastic 6 pack rings that soda cans come in (they are a danger to animals), cleaned up the garbage around our school, and even did a simulated oil spill in the water table!. And those are just a few examples of the activities we did! Our natural progression was to move on to a unit of learning about the Rainforest.
Hopefully your child’s preschool will celebrate this most important day too in some way. You can also do little things with your child every day to make them more environmentally aware. Some of our favorite books to use were: Grover’s 10 Terrific Ways to Help Our Wonderful World by Anna Ross, Polar Bears in Danger by Melvin and Gilda Berger, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. There are SO many books out there on Saving the Earth, both how to books and stories! You just have to do an online search and find ones you like.
Preschoolers are just so open and ready to learn! Why not instill the value of taking care of the earth now? These are lessons that can make an impact on their world. So let’s end this with a simple and great quote, “The earth is what we all have in common.” by Thomas Alva Edison
Happy Earth Day Everyone!