Explore Earth Day with these fun toddler Earth Day craft and activity ideas.
As we approach Earth Day, it's essential to start teaching our youngest learners about the importance of taking care of our planet. It's never too early to introduce toddlers to the concepts of recycling, reducing waste, and conserving energy.
In this blog post, we've compiled a list of engaging Earth Day activities that are specifically designed for toddlers and preschoolers.
Easy Earth Day Activity Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers
Teaching toddlers about Earth Day is crucial for fostering a sense of responsibility and appreciation for the planet from an early age.
By introducing your child to environmental protection and sustainability, you're helping to instill eco-friendly habits that will last a lifetime.
Toddlers are curious learners, and by providing them with engaging Earth Day activities, you're encouraging them to explore and appreciate the natural world.
We have been exploring Earth Day in our Weekly Themed Facebook group (a free group with a new topic each week and a free weekly plan). You can join HERE.
Some of our members have kindly shared their activity ideas as part of this post.
Earth Day Oobleck
Vicki shared this great photo of Earth Day Oobleck. If you've never made oobleck before, it's definitely worth a try!
Here's a basic recipe for making oobleck:
- 2 cups of cornstarch or corn flour
- 1 cup of water
- Blue and green food coloring
Mix the cornstarch and water in a large bowl until the mixture is thick and gooey. Add a few drops of blue and green food coloring to create an Earth-like color.
Anja also made Earth Day themed oobleck and set hers up as part of a sensory bin with some land and ocean animals to play with. Great idea!
Earth Day Paper Plate Mess Free Painting
Anja also shared her fun Earth Day mess free painting idea. For this activity you will need:
- paper plate - I always keep these in my craft box.
- blue and green paint (I always use this washable brand)
- Large Zip Lock bag
The finished Earth paper plates look great!
Earth Day Balloon Stamping
Lea Anne shared this ballon stamping Earth activity idea with us. Such a fun and simple toddler painting activity idea. Use a small balloon, dip it into blue and green paint and 'stamp' it onto construction paper.
Earth Day Suncatcher
Make an Earth Day suncatcher using contact paper / sticky paper and use cut-up pieces of green and blue tissue paper (you can buy big bags of tissue paper squares on Amazon here). Chloe shared her suncatcher with us! Use cotton balls for the clouds.
Earth Day Nature Scavenger Hunt
Chloe also shared this great nature scavenger hunt that she made using and empty egg carton. Such an easy idea and by making your own you can customize it to include items you know you have in your local area.
Georgie shared a picture of her Earth Day nature scavenger hunt too.
Earth Day Tree Craft
Why not upcycle your old cardboard rolls (see more ideas for that here) and make an Earth Day tree craft. Thanks to Meagan for sharing this idea.
Nature Collage Craft
If you're wondering what to do with your scavenger hunt items, why not turn them into this cute nature collage craft idea.
Earth Day Painting with Taste Safe Paint
Laura used home made taste-safe paint for her Earth Day activity. This is a great activity to do in a highchair too.
You can make your own paint using equal parts flour and water and add in a few drops of blue or green food coloring.
Earth Day Dot Paintings - FREE printables
Toddlers love dot paintings and these work so well with Do-a-Dot Pens or the .75inch circle stickers. Get your free printable Earth Day Dot Sheets HERE.
FREE Printable Earth Day Playdough Mats
These Earth Day playdough mats (in color and black and white) are lots of fun. Print them out and laminate them to use them over and over again. Get your free printables HERE.
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Why not continue the Earth Day theme with these toddler activities that use recycled and upcycled materials.