Celebrating Earth Day with Kids
Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22nd in the year 1970 to raise awareness about environmental issues and it is still widely celebrated today.
If you plan to celebrate Earth Day with your own kiddos this year, I’ve got you covered with some of the best Earth Day activities for kids.
You can find all my top Earth Day activity picks below!
Earth Day Activities & Crafts for Kids
When I first started creating this mega list of Earth Day activities for kids, I knew I wanted to have a good variety included in this post, everything from craft ideas to simple printables — and that’s just what I did!
With that said, if crating is your thing, grab your craft supplies and kick Earth Day off to a creative start with these fun Earth Day crafts!
Earth Day Crafts for Kids
Spend Earth Day getting crafty with the kiddos using some of these fun Earth Day crafts.
Paint a world, make a puppet, or create something eco-friendly — go on, get your craft on!
Creative Earth Crafts
Nothing says Earth Day better than the Earth itself!
Check out these fun Earth-themed Earth Day crafts for kids!
Get Earth Day kicked off with something crafty and fun with this adorable Earth paper craft (left) or this simple paper plate craft (right) via Simple Everday Mom.
Want to mix your Earth-making game up a bit? Try one of these fun Earth-themed Earth Day crafts instead!
Give it a personal touch with this cute Earth in hands craft via A Little Pinch of Perfect which includes a free template and is ideal for little ones. Or try this similar Earth Day craft via Finding Myself Young that might be more suited for your older kiddos.
Other fun Earth-inspired Earth Day crafts:
- Heart-shaped Earth Earth Day craft for kids via Mama of Minis
- We love the Earth craft via DIY Thought
- Happy/sad Earth craft for kids via The Inspiration Edit
- Interesting facts about the Earth and a fun Earth printable via The Inspiration Edit
While Earth-related crafts can be a blast for kicking off your Earth Day fun, this holiday can easily be celebrated with simple nature craft ideas as well.
Check out a few of my favorite nature craft ideas for celebrating Earth Day with the kiddos!
Keep things super simple with these easy flower and insect puppets (above) via Moms Who Save or take it up a few notches with this creative fold-out secret garden via Barley & Birch.
Have a Dr. Suess fan in the house? Give this fun Lorax truffula seed craft via Jinxy Kid a try!
If you have older kiddos, consider something a little more complex such as these beautiful Pressed flower suncatchers via Making Joy and Pretty Things — I feel like this one could double as a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day too!
Other Earth Day Craft Ideas
If Earth & nature themed doesn’t strike your fancy, consider one of these fun craft ideas for your Earth Day celebration instead!
While still Earth-inspired, this simple marble Earth craft (above) via Simply Full of Delight can be a fun alternative to the traditional Earth-themed craft ideas mentioned above!
Looking for something more eco-friendly? Try one of these fun craft ideas instead!
- Recycled jar pencil holder via In the Playroom
- Eco Earth Day bracelet via In the Playroom
Earth Day Activities for Kids
If activity-based fun is more y our style, I’ve totally got you!
From recycling and sensory activities to coloring pages and scavenger hunts.
Check out my mega-list of Earth Day activities for kids!
Educational & Creative Earth Day Activities
Looking for something that is hands-on, creative, and educational?
Check out these fun Earth Day activities that you can easily fit into your homeschool schedule!
This fun hands-on Earth Day unit via Royal Baloo includes the unique activity of making a seed from playdough (shown above), creating tree rings, and other fun ideas!
Looking for a longer-term project? Consider using these tips for teaching kids to compost via Freedom Homeschooling.
If getting creative is more your homeschool style, but traditional paper crafts aren’t your thing — these will rock your world (pun intended).
Have your kiddos create their own rock fossil fridge magnets via Sustain My Craft Habit or make a unique walking stick via Imaginative Homeschool instead!
Recycle & Planting Earth Day Activities
This is what Earth Day is all about, you guys!
There truly is no better way to celebrate this important day then by planting new life or recycling the old.
Check out these fun ideas!
Have a little one? This cute recycling activity (above) via Two Pink Peonies is the perfect activity to introduce them to Earth Day & the message behind it!
The best part? This fun activity not only encourages recycling but also includes free printables & other exciting Earth Day ideas.
Such a fun one for littles!
Focus on the importance of reusing old items with these fun toilet paper roll activities for kids!
- Keep it traditional with this toilet paper roll bird feeder (right) via Kids Activity Zone
- Or take it up a notch with these upcycled toilet paper roll seedling pots (left) via The Forked Spoon
Toilet paper roll activities are always a win for Earth Day!
Have older kiddos that are ready to learn the importance of planting something new? Check out these fun planting activities for kids!
- Get creative with these unique egg carton seed starters (above) via Barley & Birch
- Reuse eggshells with this eco-friendly cascarones activity via Mommy Maestra
If your kiddos enjoy the idea of planting a garden, consider making this simple bee bath via Barley & Birch as a fun companion!
Sensory Earth Day Activities for Kids
While creating, planting, and recycling are all wonderful ideas for Earth Day.
Some kids simply learn and thrive better with a little STEAM project or sensory activity instead.
Check out these fun options for Celebrating Earth Day this year!
If you have little ones, this Earth Day-themed sensory bin (above) via Fun a Day can be such a fun option! Not only does this sensory activity include motor skills building and sensory fun, it also has a great focus on simple math concepts — perfect for homeschoolers!
*Just a note: this fun activity does require plastic Easter eggs, so stock up now!
Looking for fun STEAM ideas? Check out these fun options via STEAM Powered Family
Printable Earth Day Activities for Kids
If simple, printable fun is more your style — these are for you!
Kick off your Earth Day celebration with one of these adorable Earth Day hat printables for little learners!
- Have your kiddos color this Earth Day hat (shown above) via Mom Brite
- Or consider this printable Earth Day hat via Simple Everyday Mom instead
Earth Day Coloring Pages
Keep things simple and light with one (or all) of these fun Earth Day coloring sheets for kids!
Start off with these simple coloring pages (above, left) via Nature Inspired Learning, or consider kicking things off with these coloring pages (above, right) via Two Kids and a Coupon instead!
Try some of these other coloring sheet options!
- Fun Earth Day coloring pages via The Best Ideas for Kids
- Simple Earth Day coloring sheets via Simply Full of Delight
- Girl-themed Earth Day coloring pages via Cyrstal and Comp
- Adorable animal-themed Earth Day coloring pages via Oh My! Creative
- Printable Earth templates via Lil Tigers
- Earth Day pledge & coloring sheet via The Gingerbread House
Earth Day Color-by-Number Sheets
If coloring is your kid’s jam, but you want to mix it up a bit.
Consider using some of these fun color-by-number sheets for kids!
These color-by-number sheets (above) via The Best Ideas for Kids look like so much fun, you guys! With many options to choose from, your kiddo is sure to find a favorite.
These are great go-to options for celebrating Earth Day in or outside the classroom setting.
Check out some of these other awesome Earth Day color-by-number worksheets for kids!
- Simple color by number & letter sheets via In the Playroom
- Fun color-by-number pages via Kids Activity Zone
- Adorable color-by-number sheets via Homeschool Preschool
- Beautiful color-by-number pages via Made in a Pinch
- Spanish color by number pages via Bilingual Beginnings
Looking for a coloring sheet alternative? Consider creating bookmarks with your kiddos for Earth Day instead!
- Coloring bookmarks via Cobberson & Company
- Adorable corner bookmark ($) via Red Ted Art
- Print and color bookmarks via Tree Valley Academy
Earth Day Word Games
Have a world-loving kiddo on your hands?
These Earth Day activities will be right up their alley!
Have your kiddos work on this fun word search puzzle (above) via Jinxy Kids or print off one of the fun options below!
- Printable Earth Day word search via Crayons and Cravings
- Free Earth Day word search via 3 Boys and a Dog
- Simple Earth Day word search via Two Kids and a Coupon
- Fun Earth Day riddles ($) via Little Halo
- Printable Earth Day word scramble via Loving Homeschool
- Complex Earth Day word fill-in puzzle via Tree Valley Academy
- Educational Earth Day letter search activity via ABCs of Literacy
Have an artsy word lover in your home? Consider having them work on this acrostic poem for Earth Day via Mommy Maestra instead!
While not 100% Earth Day related, nature activities are always a great go-to this time of year — plus, they can make great conversation starters for Earth Day!
Check out some of my top nature picks below!
Start your nature adventuring off on the right foot with our very own Life + Homeschool blog nature-inspired worksheets
Use our adorable bug catching worksheet (above) to help your little one track their favorite bug catches! Or lean on our simple bird watching worksheet to encourage your kiddos to enjoy the simple act of watching, tracking, and learning all about the birds they’ve viewed while in nature.
Have a kiddo that loves seeking, finding, and collecting? Consider one of these fun nature-themed scavenger hunts instead!
- Insect scavenger hunt via The Soccer Mom Blog
- Backyard scavenger hunt for kids via Artsy Pretty Colors
- Nature scavenger hunt printables via Glamper Life
Love getting out in nature all year round? Encourage outside time during the entire month of April with this fun 100 hours outside printable via Glamper Life
Love the idea of an Earth Day scavenger hunt activity for kids but want something more Earth Day themed? I’ve got you!
Check out these fun Earth Day-inspired scavenger hunt printables for kids!
- Adorable Earth Day scavenger hunt (above) via Rock Your Homeschool
- Simple scavenger hunt and memory game printables via Homeschool of 1
- Point-based Earth Day scavenger hunt ($) via Little Halo
- Printable scavenger hunt via Mommy Snippets (plus, check out their entire fun list of Earth Day activities and ideas)
Other Fun Earth Day Printables
If crafting, coloring, hunting, and planting didn’t get you excited for Earth Day this year, these fun printables will!
Check out these fun printable activities for celebrating Earth Day with the kiddos.
Play a game using this cute version of Earth Day BINGO (shown above) via The Best Ideas for Kids or try this colorful Earth Day BINGO option via Confessions of Parenting. Both of these look like so much fun, you guys!
Check out all of my other top printable Earth Day & nature-inspired picks!
- Free Earth Day printables bundle via The Purple Pumpkin Blog
- Printable Earth Day activities via In the Playroom
- Geoboard printables via Cyrstal and Comp
- Cootie catcher printable via Rock Your Homeschool
- Fun Earth Day activities (printables and more) via The Primary Parade
- Emergent reader ($) via Coffee and Carpool is perfect for homeschoolers.
- Recycle printables via A Little Pinch of Perfect
- Earth Day activity bundle ($) via Homeschool Mastery Academy
- I spy worksheet via Loving Homeschool
- Educational roll and cover activity sheet and alphabet matching cards via The Artisan Life
- Fun flip book and tracing worksheets via ABCs of Literacy
- Earth Day-themed activity page, printable jokes, and BINGO sheets via Artsy Fartsy Mama
So many fun options to choose from, you guys!
Happy Earth Day!
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