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Children have the most sincere and honest attitude when it comes to saving our planet and taking care of animals and fellow human beings. What a significant period in their lives to reach out and sow these seeds of mindfulness, empathy, compassion, and responsibility for our environment and all living creatures. I would love to share with you a couple of ideas that could make this Earth Day and every day a bit more special.
1. Turn all the lights and electronic gadgets off and use candles or torches for one night. Check out these awesome flashlight games you can play with the whole family at night.
8. Did you know that it takes 660 gallons of water to make one hamburger? Make a vow to eat only vegetarian food for one week or make sure to only get grass-fed beef.
9. Recycle all cardboard food packaging to make fun construction crafts using sticky tape and scissors, and make robots or cars. It might take a few days to collect a good amount of cardboard packages enough for a craft project.
12. Think of someone who is very special to you, and plant a tree in their honor.
“Studies show that after people hug trees they report feeling calmer and more relaxed than those who do not. It has been reported that hugging trees has been shown to increase the levels of the hormone oxytocin, which is the hormone responsible for emotional bonding and feelings of well-being, calmness, and trust. One of the primary ways that oxytocin production increased is through touch.
Dr. Stone Kraushaar, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist known as The Hug Doctor suggests that we hug (each other or trees) for a minimum of 21 seconds in order to benefit from the increased release of oxytocin”. (Source silvotherapy.co.uk)
13. Take a walk outdoors and hug a tree or two on the way.
19. Make a poster to remind yourself to turn off the water while brushing your teeth and take shorter showers. You can conserve up to five gallons per day.
20. Throw a clothing exchange party for friends and swap some clothes. Make sure to ditch plastic cups and plates 😉
Earth Day printables
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All about the Earth learning activity pack for preschool children aged 3-6. The earth-themed activity pack contains printables to create a wide range of hands-on experiences for young children.
Students will practice phonics, building and recognizing teen numbers, cutting, push pinning, identifying continents, lands, and water forms, widen their vocabulary, learn about characteristics of the earth, practice developing logical thinking, learn about moon phases and layers of the earth, and so much more.
The printable features realistic clipart and photographs.
Here is what’s included:
Instructions and activity variations
Phonics – initial sound sorting cards (five cards for each letter, feature photographs)
Land and water mats – fine motor activity with building blocks
Seasons – sorting cards (six cards for each category, feature photographs)
Land, water, air – sorting cards (seven cards for each category, feature photographs)
Land and Water Forms – playdough mats and sorting cards (feature clipart and photographs)
Land and Water Forms – 3 part cards, definition cards, and student booklet (feature clipart and photographs, backline clipart)
Land and water forms included in the printable: lake, island, cape, bay, peninsula, gulf, strait, isthmus, system of lakes, archipelago.
Teen number cards and backline booklet – counting, identifying, and matching quantity and symbols
Continents of the world (Montessori color-code) – different styles included – eastern and western hemispheres, different world map styles, outlines and color versions of continent outlines, world maps with labels (including oceans) and without labels
Continents of the world 3 part cards and backline booklet
Continents of the world – cards for
Continent cutting strips
Layers of the Earth chart and playdough mat
Storytelling with visual prompt
Phases of the Moon – (southern and northern hemispheres) charts, 3 part cards, student backline booklet
by Terrill Martinez (Author), Elsa Escoto (Illustrator)
This book honors the wonderful natural elements of Earth, from tall mountains to low valleys, from oceans to fields of flowers and the animals that live here too. The child in this book marvels at the gifts nature offers her and the fun she can have in it: the wind whispers secrets, the grass tickles her feet, and the flowers remind her that life is sweet. Terrill Martinez’s poetic words about the Earth we love, and that loves us back, come to life in the beautiful and colorful illustrations from talented artist and illustrator Elsa Escoto.
by Jean Taft (Author), Matt Hunt (Illustrator)
Join in the rainy-day fun, as kids splash through the puddles, affecting another weather enthusiast, a nearby worm. An imaginative and playful story, readers will love seeing the worm delight in the weather just as much as the kids.
In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda, Daphine likes to jump rope. While the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days—and this one world we all share—unites them.
This genuine exchange provides a window into traditions that may be different from our own as well as mirrors reflecting our common experiences. Inspired by his own travels, Matt Lamonthe transports readers across the globe and back with this luminous and thoughtful picture book.
by Teacher Created Materials (Author)
Give students an understanding of important Earth and space science topics with this 5-book set! These nonfiction books will introduce second-grade students to scientific concepts such as the water cycle, landforms, erosion, and more! Each book provides a "Let's Do Science" hands-on activity that is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and supports STEM Education. These books include easy-to-read informational text, vibrant images, and text features, such as a glossary and an index, to keep readers engaged as they develop science content-area literacy. Titles in this set include: Landforms, Water Bodies, Rocks and Minerals, Weathering and Erosion, and Water Cycle.
Toddlers love to learn about the solar system. Here's a book all about our amazing planet Earth, with easy-to-understand facts about countries, continents, oceans, landforms, habitats, and Earth's place in space. Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms ("Light from the sun makes the moon shine") and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. It's a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops.
by Jen Green (Author), Mike Gordon (Illustrator)
Part of every child's development involves asking questions. Today, some of the most important questions kids ask are related to the natural environment. The enlightening and entertaining four-book Why Should I? series demonstrates the importance of protecting nature. Books present brief, entertaining stories that answer children's questions and feature amusing color illustrations on every page. A note at the back of each book is for parents and teachers, suggesting ways to use these books most effectively.
by Julian Lennon (Author), Bart Davis (Author), Smiljana Coh (Illustrator)
Jump aboard the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that can go wherever you want. This time, Lennon’s full-color interactive book immerses children in a fun and unique journey where they can: Bring medicine to people in need! Dive below the ocean to bleached coral reefs! Visit the city to cultivate green spaces! Help the rain forest return and give its animals a home! Explore the planet, meet new people, and help make the world a better place!
Have you ever wondered what makes the weather change? Or how mountains, rivers, and valleys get their shapes? Answer these questions and more with Planet Earth for Kids! You’ll explore how our planet became the perfect home for all its plants and animals and how our air, sun, water, and dirt make planet Earth unique.
Do you love the Earth and caring for it? Do you wish you had an awesome and unique coloring book? Are you looking for a coloring book for Earth Day! Well, look no further, this is the book you need! Our brand new 'Earth Day Coloring Book for Kids' has been expertly created to provide children with an exciting coloring experience for the special day, filled with awesome images of the Earth and nature you are sure to have an absolute blast!
Life Cycle Matching Card Set: Contains 6 sets of plastic animals including Chicken, Frog, Ladybug, Bee, Butterfly, and Turtle! It helps demonstrate the life cycle of animals with beautiful 3D designs that entice kids to learn!
by Bethany Stahl (Author, Illustrator)
From exciting and adventurous to educational and captivating, Bethany Stahl's immersive stories express heartfelt messages while engaging parents and children. With beautiful and charming illustrations, as well as a lovable sea turtle named Agwe, this is a book adults will love reading over and over again with their kids. Save the Ocean has a heartwarming lesson of recycling and conservation that will stay with the reader for a lifetime.
by Paul Czajak (Author), Cathy Gendron (Illustrator)
An endearing and environmentally friendly story about a girl's unlikely best friend...a tree! Abigail is determined to get the perfect pet. So shechooses Fido. He keeps her cool from the sun, stays where she tells him, and even gives her air to breathe. That's because Fido is a tree! But not everyone thinks having a tree as a pet is a good idea, though, especially when Fido starts to grow. Will Abigail be able to keep her perfect pet?
by Gary Kowalski (Author), Rocco Baviera (Illustrator)
Children and adults will delight in Earth Day, a litany of gratitude that celebrates earth's diverse species, from apricots to groundhogs to junebugs, from quahogs to zinnias, zucchini and zebras with bright and whimsical illustrations. In alphabetical order, the wonders of nature arise from the page, reminding readers that every day is a reason to give thanks and that miracles are as simple as ABC.
This story celebrates friendship that one child has with the Earth. They play together, listen to each other, and nourish each other. But when the Earth is sad, the child is sad--so he finds a way to make his friend, the Earth, happy.
by Stacy McAnulty (Author), David Litchfield (Illustrator)
From writer Stacy McAnulty and illustrator David Litchfield, Our Planet! There's No Place Like Earth is a nonfiction picture book about the Earth, told from the perspective of Earth herself. Meet Earth. Planet Awesome! And your awesome home! Actually, Earth is home to all the plants and all the animals in the solar system, including nearly eight billion people. Humans have accidentally moved Earth's climate change into the fast lane, and she need your help to put on the brakes. Earthlings need Earth, and Earth needs Earthlings, so let’s save Earth together!
Do you love dinosaurs and dolphins, mountains and meteors? The Fascinating Science Book for Kids has it all! This fun facts book for kids includes 500 stupendous science facts that offer hours of learning for ages 9 to 12. Alongside full-color pictures on every page, you’ll find weird and wonderful facts about topics like prehistoric life, the deep sea, weather, minerals, the human body, the solar system―and even your own backyard!
by Rana DiOrio (Author), Addy Rivera Sonda (Illustrator)
Discover all the ways that children can help protect the Earth and its precious resources in this brand new edition of the empowering and award-winning What Does It Mean to Be Green! Features all new artwork and updated facts, tips, and more What does it really mean to be green? The answers might surprise you! From turning off the water while you brush your teeth to walking to the park instead of driving, and even recycling or reusing old artwork, there are all kinds of things kids can do to help keep the earth clean and healthy!
by Eileen Spinelli (Author), Rogério Coelho (Illustrator)
Celebrate our planet and discover easy ways to take care of it with this picture book that's perfect for budding environmentalists and nature lovers. Kids can count reasons to love the planet and ways to protect it in the pages of this conservation-themed book. Gentle verse reminds the reader of Earth's beauties--starting with "one wide sweeping sky, two honey bees" and continuing all the way to "ten fields to plow." The text then starts counting backwards, listing simple ways children can help, such as reducing waste and reusing items.
by Patricia MacLachlan (Author), Francesca Sanna (Illustrator)
Celebrate Earth Day with this valentine to our wonderful planet from the Newbery Award–winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall. Our friend Earth does so many wonderful things! She tends to animals large and small. She pours down summer rain and autumn leaves. She sprinkles whisper-white snow and protects the tiny seeds waiting for spring.
by Lisa Bullard (Author), Xin Zheng (Illustrator)
On Earth Day, we find ways to help the Earth. Trina plants trees with her class. She forms an Earth Day club with her friends. What can you do to make every day Earth Day? Do your part to be a planet protector! Discover how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and more with Tyler and Trina in the Planet Protectors series, part of the Cloverleaf Books™ collection. These nonfiction picture books feature kid-friendly text and illustrations to make learning fun!
by Mary McKenna Siddals (Author), Ashley Wolff (Illustrator)
Teach kids to compost and help them develop life-long habits to protect the Earth. From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile in this fun picture book perfect for Earth Day! Kids everywhere are seeking knowledge about the environment and climate change. Not only is composting becoming more common in households and residential gardens, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too.
by Stacy McAnulty (Author), David Litchfield (Illustrator)
Prepare to learn all about Earth from the point-of-view of Earth herself! In this funny yet informative book, filled to the brim with kid-friendly facts, readers will discover key moments in Earth’s life, from her childhood more than four billion years ago all the way up to present day. Beloved children's book author Stacy McAnulty helps Earth tell her story, and award-winning illustrator David Litchfield brings the words to life. The book includes back matter with even more interesting tidbits.
by Stacy Tornio (Author), Kristen Brittain (Illustrator)
This Class Can Save the Planet shows students they can have an incredible impact on the environment when they work together. It offers easy ideas kids can implement right away in their own schools and classrooms. This book is perfect for educators and schools because it gives simple, straightforward advice on how to be more sustainable in daily classroom life. It's a perfect book for Earth Day, Earth Month, or any other time of the year to help kids establish good habits.