18 Quick and Simple Earth Day Ideas for Kindergarten


How is it that some calendar dates can totally just creep up on you – leaving you feeling a little unprepared?!

Earth Day always felt like one of those dates… and Groundhog Day for that matter too.

So, here is a go-to list of kindergarten Earth Day resources and activities that require little to no prep so you can pull them off no matter how much time you left yourself to prepare. {wink}

You’ll find 18 resources that you can use last-minute – including crafts and Earth day art projects, videos, science projects/experiments, and a song. Phew! Day saved.

Earth Day crafts – with stuff you already have}

Earth Day Hats – Make a headband or a hat with this quick template for students to cut out and color. Simply grab some sentence strips or cut construction paper strips and grab some rubber bands.

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Earth Day Headband – Print and color this easy headband to celebrate the Earth together. Another idea is to simply make a crown of grass.

Watercolor Earth – This glue and watercolor paint project is quick to pull together and the results turn out really neat.

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Earth Marble Painting – Set up this art project quickly with an old copier box top or two and a marble. Add paint and spend just a little time prepping the paper portion and you’re good to go!

Coffee Filter Earth – Grab coffee filters from the break room and have students grab the blue and green markers from your class sets. A little water goes a long way to make these coffee filter art projects. You may like these Earth craft alternatives better.

Newspaper Earth Art – Create a lovely Earth art project using old newspapers you’ve got lying around, a black crayon and food coloring.

18 Last Minute Earth Day Ideas Lorax Inspired Earth Day Craft Free - KindergartenWorks

Lorax Inspired Craft – If you read (affiliate) The Lorax to your class, then here is a free printable craft to go along. You’ll need colored paper to complete this one.

Science experiments for Earth Day

Go on A Scavenger Hunt – You literally don’t need anything but time and outdoor space to pull off this scavenger hunt. Look for outdoor items and pick up litter to complete this fun activity.

Take a Nature Walk – If you think your student might enjoy seeing what can be protected by sharing our Earth – go on a nature walk. Students check off animals, insects and more around the schoolyard.

18 Last Minute Earth Day Ideas How to Make Earth Day Slime - KindergartenWorks
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How to Make Earth Day Slime – Most likely you’ve already got the ingredients on hand to make slime. You need food coloring, glue, and liquid starch. This is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and a fun fine motor activity. Build letters, the earth or whatever you want!

Celebrating the Earth

Earth Day Jokes for Kids – Set the mood with these cute jokes for Earth Day. My favorite is, “What did the little tree say to the big tree?”…

Certificates – Need a way to wrap up your taking care of the Earth unit? Celebrate things that your students have learned with these easy printable and free recognition certificates.

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Letter Sound Review Trash Pick Up – Print off letters and crumble them up to create a letter sound review station. Easy to create and you simply need a dustpan/broom or another type of picker-upper to bring it to life.

Happy Earth Day to You Song – Teach your students this easy-to-sing song to celebrate together. To the tune of “Happy Birthday” – they’ll pick it up in no time! (Plus there are more songs perfect for Earth Day!)

Coloring pages

Color By Number – An easy printable to fill the time if it’s needed!

Earth Day Coloring Page – Kids holding the Earth for a simple coloring page.

Kindergarten Writing Prompt – Students color the Earth and finish the sentence starter – how they will help the Earth. Draw a picture to match!

Fancy Coloring Pages – While these coloring pages are a little more intricate and not a fit for every class, if you’ve got a class that is totally into the coloring craze, they may just love these!

Kindergarten videos – caring for the Earth

Earth Day Remix Video for Kindergarten

Earth Day for Kids – Kindergarten Video

Happy Earth Day – Video for Kindergartners

I hope this list of ready to go Earth day activities and resources is helpful if you’re looking for low prep or last-minute ideas!

But I’ve also dug up this good selection of teacher-recommended videos for kids celebrating the Earth.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your resources. 🙂 I am so glad I found this website. My Kindergarten grade level is going to definitely use them this week coming up. May God continue to bless you.;)

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