ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Theme Thursday: Earth Day

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Theme Thursday: Earth Day

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Bake up a batch of Earth Day Globe Cookies with the recipe from Kid's Recipes.

Learn all about Earth Day at Apples 4 The Teacher.

Everything Preschool lists some fun, Earth Day songs that you can sing to familiar tunes.

DLTK offers several Earth Day craft suggestions. The coffee filter Earth is a variation on a tried & true kid friendly project. You may also want to try the Scissor Skill Earth or Stained Glass Earth.

DLTK also compiled links to several printables and games.

Stacy shared this simple activity that even the youngest artists can do, that uses tissue paper. You can visit her blog and click on the picture to see the poem used.

Keep our earth sparkling with Michelle at Her Cup Overfloweth.

Create shoe box habitats.

Work with your children to find the ABC's in nature. Take photos of each letter as it is discovered!

Perpetual Preschool has a round up of teacher friendly Earth Day snack ideas. Anyone care for a little dirt & worms?

Plant something!

Here are a few books that are appropriate for Earth Day:
Bill Martin Jr., I Love Our Earth

Gail Gibbons, Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids

Andrea Alban Gosline, The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure

Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree

Stacy also recently used made beads from old plastic bottles, using this tutorial. What a great way to recycle items into art!

Do you have a project that uses recycled things? If so, we'd love to share them! Leave a link or share you idea in a comment or send them to us as a submission. If we get enough we'll put together a post on using recycled items for education and crafts.


  1. I just posted a whole list of fun stuff and books for earth day:

  2. I was hoping you all would do an Earth Day theme. Thanks for all the cool projects. I'm looking forward to doing some of them with my son.

  3. Thanks for this! I manage the blog for our local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group and this month's theme is Living Green. I'll be sure to post a link on the blog to this post! You just did all the work for me! ;)

  4. These are so fun. I am not sure if I want to make the dirt cups or earth cookies or the earth rice krispie treats... or maybe all of them! I was wondering what I could make treats for next, thanks for the great ideas!

  5. oooo, I love those plastic bottle beads!! I am soo going to try that!

  6. great ideas for earth day. we are going to clean up our yard; and plant something- haven't decided yet. i love the cookies and craft ideas! i think its great to have kids get excited about taking care of mother earth:)


  7. SO many suggestions! I do love the beads out of plastic bottles. Thanks for linking and have a great weekend~