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Earth Day At Home For Young Learners


Created by Matt.Jorge, last updated 2020-04-13

Earth Day is an important and exciting celebration of the beautiful world that we all share. However, many of the big ideas talked about on Earth Day can be difficult for young children to engage with.

This list contains 15+ hands-on, Earth Day-themed activities and games specifically targeted to young learners (ages 4-8+) that can be done at home. Topics include sustainability, Earth processes, alternative energy, endangered species, conservation, and building an appreciation for the natural world. Many of the activity materials can found around the house or can be printed from downloaded files in advance.

Have fun and happy Earth Day!


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Our Beautiful World

Outdoor Activity- Observing and Exploring Nature; Mindfulness

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Envirolopes

Outdoor Activity/ Game- Observing and Exploring Nature; Mindfulness

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Bird Watch

Outdoor Activity- Observing and Exploring Nature; Mindfulness

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Nature Drawing

Outdoor Activity- Observing and Exploring Nature; Mindfulness.

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Make a Friend from Soil and Seeds

Indoor Activity- Understanding Earth Processes- Seed Germination- in an innovative, kid friendly way.

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Egg Carton Nursery

Indoor/ Outdoor Activity- Understanding Earth Processes- Seed Germination; Gardening; Pollination

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DIY Science: Water Cycle in a Bag- Greensboro Science Center

Indoor Activity- Understanding Earth Processes- The Water Cycle


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Leaf it to Me

Outdoor Activity- Understanding Earth Processes- The Water Cycle

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Exploring Earth: Paper Mountains

Indoor Activity- Understanding Earth Processes- Water Flow

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A Crayon Rock Cycle- Sedimentary

Indoor Activity- Understanding Earth Processes-Rock Formation. This is part 1 (sedimentary) of the three part "A Crayon Rock Cycle" activity.

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A Crayon Rock Cycle- Metamorphic

Indoor Activity- Understanding Earth Processes--Rock Formation. This is part 2 (metamorphic) of the three part "A Crayon Rock Cycle" activity.

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A Crayon Rock Cycle - Igneous

Indoor Activity- Understanding Earth Processes-Rock Formation. This is part 3 (igneous) of the three part "Crayon Rock Cycle" activity.

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Fuzzy Worms

Outdoor Activity/ Game- Evolution; Natural Processes

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North American Endangered Amphibians Card Game

Indoor Activity/ Game- Endangered Species

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Draft Detectives

Indoor Activity-Conservation; Sustainability

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Home Water Audit

Indoor Activity- Conservation; Sustainability

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Wind Works!

Indoor Activity- Alternative Energy. This activity can skew to an older audience. For younger learners, start with making a pinwheel. Explore how wind makes your pinwheel work! After, have an introductory conversations about alternative energy and wind turbines (background information can be found in the activity guide).

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Make a Prism

Outdoor Activity- Earth Processes- Light; Rainbows; Refraction. This activity can skew to an older audience.

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Elementary GLOBE e-books

A collection of free e-books related to a variety of Earth Day content. These books are a great resource to provide context and share Earth phenomenon with young learners through stories. Some titles include, "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?", "The Mystery of the Missing Hummingbirds", "Discoveries at Willow Creek", and more.


Measuring: How Big Is...? - Sciencenter

Indoor/Outdoor Activity-Observing and Exploring Nature; Building Scientific Skills. This activity is best suited for very young learners (3-5+). In this child-driven, open-ended activity, learners use a variety of tools to measure items all around them. Take this activity outside on a nature walk, or use a variety of natural items to add some Earth Day fun to this exploitative activity.


Observing: Leaf Prints

Indoor/ Outdoor Activity - Observing and Exploring Nature.(Activity starts on page 3). This activity is best suited for very young learners (3-5+). In this child-driven, open-ended activity, learners collect leaves and explore their shapes by making "leaf rubbings."