Earth Day everyday! What better way to celebrate Earth Day than getting outside? I wanted to do an Earth Day activity that I could do at school with my students, and at home with my own kids. This activity was a hit… and it was really easy to prepare.
I love being outside and place a lot of value on outdoor education, especially with young children. Being outside encourages children to appreciate nature and the outdoors. Earth Day is a great chance to celebrate and focus on our amazing planet.
I wanted to spend a little bit of time focusing on a few simple, but important things that kids can do to help the Earth.
This activity gave us the chance to discuss ways to conserve and protect the environment, be outside and active and do a bit of printing.
I lucked out with a great day and beautiful weather. For this Earth Day activity I placed 5 signs with messages to keep in mind to help the earth. You can use any message that you want to focus on. The 5 I used were:
- Save Water
- Spend Time Outside
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Be Kind to All Animals
- Save Electricity
The wooden signs that I used worked out well because I could stake them into the ground. They were also easy to print the messages on.
If you don’t have wooden signs like this you can simply use construction paper with the message printed on it and then attached to a popsicle stick. You can then stake the popsicle stick into the ground.
I have also done a similar activity and I simply wrote the messages in chalk on the sidewalk. Either way children will love being outside and searching for the messages.
You don’t need a lot of materials for this activity and the prep is minimal.
- Earth Day Worksheet (Available for Free to Download Below)
Ahead of time, I wrote the 5 messages onto the signs and then placed them around our school outside. Make sure to place them in safe places because children will be running and excited for their Earth Day scavenger hunt.
If you are doing the activity with older children, you can hide the signs in more difficult places. It will add to the challenge!
Although I did this activity in a school setting, if you are doing the hunt at home, you could place the signs around the house, backyard or even at a park.
To help the children find some of the signs easier I used balloons, stone footprints, tree faces and other visual markers to draw a bit of attention to the Earth Day signs. Kids loved finding the face on the tree and the other visual markers.
I created a worksheet for children to each have a copy of. The worksheet is an easy way to integrate a bit of writing, but it is also a great way to keep children engaged and focused.
The sheet includes each of the messages that I placed around on the signs. However, a word from each sign is missing. Children were responsible for filling out their sheets as we completed the hunt.
A free copy of the worksheet is available at the bottom of this post.
Earth Day Activity
Once all of the signs were hidden, we walked around the school on our little scavenger hunt until we found a message. Once we found a message, everyone gathered around and we talked a little bit about the Earth Day tip.
We discussed ways to save water and electricity and what they could do as children to help our Earth. Also, we talked about what it means to be kind to all animals and all living things. We discussed a little bit about each message.
Taking a minute at each sign to talk about the message made the activity more meaningful. Children really thought about what they could do, and why it was important for them to do it.
We also talked about the fact that it is not only on Earth Day that it is important to care for the Earth and the environment. It has to be every day.
Next, everyone used their worksheet and the message on the sign and filled in the missing word from the sheet. Completing a worksheet also gives children something to take home and discuss with their family.
Children loved walking around outside together and searching for our Earth Day messages. It was a great reason to be outside.
My students loved the little extra visual markers, such as the tree face that I put outside. I left some of them out after our hunt was over. I like the idea that when children saw them as they played months later, they remembered our Earth Day hunt and hopefully everything we talked about.
Earth Day Scavenger Hunt Worksheet
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Earth Day Printable Activities
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