Easy Earth Day Activity and Free Printable


Make Earth Day, everyday! Create an appreciation for our beautiful planet with simple activities that teach children about the earth and ways that we can take care of it. This Earth Day use recycled paper and a sprinkle of seeds to create a plantable earth to place in the garden and watch grow. This Earth Day activity includes a free printable card, perfect to make this project a gift.

I created this Earth Day activity with a group of kindergarten children and they had so much fun making it and it turned out so well that I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

Celebrate Earth Day with this activity that mixes art, sensory play and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math)! Children can get their hands in the recycled paper pulp, create an image of the earth and then watch as their seeds begin to grow!

I created these plantable Earths with a large group, so I created a foldable card for each child to create their earth inside. This kept everyone’s creations organized and easy to take home. The card even includes instructions of what to do with the earth at home.

To fill more of your day(s) with Earth Day activities, make sure to print the Free Earth Day Scavenger Hunt. Print and place the clues around your home, or school and set up in minutes.

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Earth Day Activity Materials

One of the things that makes this activity perfect for Earth Day is that it uses recycled paper. You can use any color you have on hand, but green and blue work best in order to create the earth.

To create this Earth Day activity, you will need:

  • Green Paper
  • Blue Paper
  • Recycled Paper
  • Seeds (Grass Seed or Flower Seeds)
  • Printbale ‘Happy Earth Day’ Card (Free printable, link at bottom of post)
  • Blender or Hand Mixer
Earth Day activity shows a child ripping paper.

You have a few options with the paper you use. I had been hanging onto blue and green paper that was headed to the garbage/recycling. However, if you don’t have a large collection of blue and green paper to be recycled you can use regular paper, or newspaper, and add a few drops of food coloring to get the color you want.

Start by ripping the paper into small pieces. This is a great skill for children to learn and an easy part of the activity for children to be involved with. Keep the blue and green paper separate.

You will need roughly a sheet of green and blue for each child to create their Earth.

Once ripped up, add water. Add enough water to fully soak, and cover the paper.

Next, use a blender, or hand mixer and break the paper into a pulp. There are some dyes in the paper, so I suggest using an old blender that you don’t still use for food.

If you have some time, let kids get their hands into the pulp. It’s a fun sensory activity for them to feel the paper in this form. It also gives kids an idea of how paper is made.

Earth Day Activity shows two plates with green and blue paper pulp and printable Happy Earth Day sheet.

Once your pulp is ready, give each child some green and blue pulp. They can then start creating their earth.

If you are using flower seeds, you can mix the seeds into the pulp at this point. Grass seed can simply be sprinkled on top after children complete their Earth.

Happy Earth Day Printable

Since I did this activity with a large group of young children, I wanted a way to keep each child’s earth easy to send home. The printable makes a cute gift for Earth Day and it also includes a little poem that tells parents what they need to do with the plantable earth at home (add water, place in the sun).

Children can color the front of the card/printable and then create their earth over the picture of the earth on the inside. The earth they create does not have to be the same as the image, it just gives kids an idea of the colors and shape.

The free printable ‘Happy Earth Day’ card can be downloaded and printed today. Information on how to subscribe to Hands-On Teaching Ideas (for free) is included at the bottom of this activity.

Since you will be placing wet paper pulp onto the paper, I suggest using thicker paper, like cardstock, for your printable.

Earth Day Activity Steps

Take the paper pulp and fill in the picture of the earth using both colors. If you aren’t using the printable, you can simply create a earth on a sheet of wax paper by making a circle any size you choose.

Recycled crafts for kids shows two container with paper pulp in each.

Make sure that the circle is filled in and no background paper is showing. This will keep the earth stuck together when it dries. The pulp should be fairly wet, but not soaking. If you squeeze too much water out of the pulp it will not spread out properly to create the earth.

If it is too wet, it can cause the paper to rip, or simply take a long time to dry.

Earth Day activity shows a child placing blue paper pulp on a sheet of paper.

Once you have filled in your earth with the paper pulp, sprinkle grass seed across the top. If you are using seeds for flowers, it is best that the seeds are mixed into the pulp before making the earth.

When I did this activity, a few kids decided to only place the seeds on top of the green pulp. This way when the grass begins to grow, it will grow on the land part of the earth. It’s up to you where you put the seeds.

Once you have completed the earth, set it to dry. Depending how wet the paper pulp is it can take a full day or more to completely dry.

Earth Day activity shows an earth made from green and blue paper pulp and a tray of seeds.
Earth Day activity shows an earth made from paper pulp with seeds sprinkled over it.

Completed Earth Day Activity

Once your earth is dry, it is ready to be planted!

If you created the earth inside the printable card, it can be folded and given as a gift to enjoy on Earth Day. If your earth is created on a separate sheet of paper, it can be removed or cut out to be planted.

Earth Day activity shows a printable Earth Day sheet and an earth made from green and blue paper pulp

Cut out the earth and place it in the garden or soil. Spray it with a bit of water so that the paper and seeds are wet. Leave it in the garden and sun, watering when needed, and watch it grow!

Earth Day activity shows two plantable earths on soil.

That’s all you need to do! Keep an eye on the plantable earth as the seeds begin to sprout and grow. The seeds use the recycled paper to help it grow. Then the paper will break down and become part of the soil. It’s a great experiment for children to watch their earth turn into something new!

If you are interested in adding even more fun and learning to your Earth Day celebrations, visit 3 Boys and a Dog post with Earth Day Handwriting Printables. Perfect for extra practice and early finishers.

Free Earth Day Activity Printables

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More Hands-On Teaching Ideas

If you are preparing for Earth Day and looking for more activity ideas, check out more of Hands-On Teaching Ideas activities. From a Earth Day scavenger hunt and popular clean water experiment to more recycled seed bombs perfect for spring and spring STEM activities, there is lots to keep kids busy and learning every season!

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