Life has surely gotten in the way the past few weeks, but here (finally!) is a recap of our 16 Earth Day Preschool Trays! We reused several items and content from last year’s Earth Day Tot School but there are some new ideas here, too. The starred* items below are from the Earth Day Pack for Toddlers & PreK from Totschooling! THANK YOU!
- DIY Earth Day Sensory Bin
- Almond Meal Mini Bin
- Life on Earth Game
- How Many Trees? Worksheet
- Earth Day Prewriting*
- Which One is Different?*
- Earth Hole Punching*
- How Many?*
- Recycling Cut + Paste*
- Earth Day Dough Tray
- -at Word Families Worksheet
- Recycling Puzzle
- Earth Coloring Page
- Sorting Trash Worksheet
- Galaxy to Me Photos
- For this easy DIY sensory bin, we filled 12 little cups with various indoor sensory items related to environment like leaves, feathers, flowers, beans for dirt, bug and animal figures, and two sizes of rocks. I look forward to seeing what he puts together!
- Cleaning out our pantry, we came across half a bag of almond meal. So we put together the simple idea of pairing that with tools for an “Earth digging” bin.
- This darling little Life on Earth Matching Game from eeBoo is fun any day, but great for Earth Day!
- This is the How Many Trees worksheet from Education.com – thank you!
- Printed as is in color for a simple, visual math activity!
- Two pages to trace – the Earth (circles) and recycling symbols (triangles)!
- E’s favorite worksheets always seem to be Which One is Different!
- An all time favorite activity! I printed this in color and gave E a standard hole punch to punch the dots.
- Count how many of each item there are on each row.
- If I had to pick a favorite from Totschooling’s set, it is this!
- Bright blue recycling bins are ready to be filled with the right number of bottles – cut and glue them into place!
- Basically the same dough tray as last year! Some nice blue and green play dough, dough tools, circle cookie cutters, and colorful gems!
- This -at sheet is another great one from the Earth Day Literacy/Word Families Packet No Prep from Teachers Notebook!
- This is printed in color from Earth Day Number Puzzles on Teachers Notebook – thank you!
- I trimmed this down for him and put the pieces in a tray for him to put together.
- Later in the week I also gave him a sheet with six blank Earths on it. He really seems to like that kind of page for coloring!
- This is the cute Sorting Trash Worksheet from All Students Can Shine, printed in black and white!
- Gave him scissors and a glue stick to complete the page.
- This activity was inspired by the Looking Down book from Montessori Services!
- This wasn’t exactly easy to photograph, but I hope you get an idea of what I was thinking here. I wanted to make an activity where E would put in order items from himself to outer space. (And actually, the most “zoomed in” item was a butterfly, as the picture I used before that was E holding a butterfly.)
- From there, I worked backwards. I had a picture of our front door, then our house. I used a map website to find and print our area in various zoom levels, from our streets, to city, state and region.
- Then, I moved to a standard web search and found images of the U.S., North America, Earth, then the solar system and galaxy.
- If you didn’t notice already, the point is to order the photos from “smallest” to “biggest” in a very broad sense!
Thank you again to Totschooling.net for the awesome (free!) Earth Day pack!
This happened last year, too. Something about April just makes plans get thrown out the window! I’m glad we have been able to keep school going each week, and these Earth Day Preschool Trays proved to be another fun set.
We had two cut and paste activities this week and he has seemed to really like those. And he just LOVES math – we have to keep finding new ways to utilize it!
Linked up over at the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Linkup hosted by Homeschool Creations, Montessori Monday, Mommy Monday Blog HopPractical Mondays, Good Tips Tuesday, Tuesday Talk, Hearts for Home Blog Hop, Learn and Play Link-Up, and the A Little Bird Told Me Link Party!