The original plan for the third week in April was to split the week into two sets of activities. But, with the way things worked out, we did a full week for each, including these Earth Day Tot Trays!
So for “Earth Week” or of course, anytime you want to teach a toddler how to help the planet, we put together a very tot-friendly set of 8 Earth Day Tot Trays & Activities! We did this set when E was a couple months short of 3 years old. Here they are:
- Flowers & Foam
- Paper or Recycling?
- Pinecone Sort
- Earth Day Coloring
- Mini-Environment Exploration
- Earth Magnet Board
- Earth Dough Activity
- Life on Earth game
- This open-ended activity includes several picks of flowers and leaves to stick into styrofoam blocks
- A note: we used white foam here; while the green floral foam would be easier to stick into – I find it way too messy.
- This is loosely based on this discontinued Learn to Recycle! activity from Lakeshore Learning
- This would be fun and adaptable to your own recycling situation; we put all of our recyclables in one bin and sort newspaper and cardboard separately
- Found stock images of recyclable items – soda cans, toilet paper rolls, plastic bottles, etc.
- Printed recyclable items in color and cut out
- Made a small paper bag for paper items and a recycling bin for the rest
- Have fun sorting!!
- Wrote the numbers 1, 3, and 5 on circles. Taped those into clear storage containers
- Included a small terra cotta pot with nine pinecones inside
- Put the correct number of pinecones in each container
- A ‘save the Earth’ themed notepad I have had for at least a decade came in handy here!
- Gave him several sheets of the note paper, plus green and blue crayons and colored pencils
- He ended up mostly coloring on the blank back of the note paper
- Rather than the full sensory bin, we went miniature!
- Included some artificial mosses I managed to find in my stuff, but this is easy to find at a craft or even dollar store
- Also included some leaves and TOOB insects
- I did not include magnifying glasses but he knows where to get them if interested!
- Put all this in a small blue bowl
- Found nice, simple clipart of the Earth
- Used Publisher and put several white circles on top of the Earth
- Included blue and green magnets to match up to the ‘missing’ spots of the picture
- Used four white magnets to attach the Earth page to a dollar store tray
- A simple dough activity — put green dough in a blue bowl, and included colorful green and blue gems to push into the dough
- As I thought he might, he ended up putting the gems on the magnet board as well.
- This cute matching game is a little too complex at this time but it is a fun way to celebrate Earth’s creatures and plants!
- I highly recommend the Life on Earth Game (eeBoo products are wonderful) because of its fun, colorful graphics.
Well it is likely obvious this set of activities was a hit as it lasted about 4 days longer than expected! But he did enjoy it, especially the magnet board. He likes to stick magnets on bigger boards but this small one (that we hadn’t gotten out in at least 6 months!) proved to be very fun.
Our next week of “Appreciating” is important as well — USA and the Military!
I’m proud to be linking this post up to 1+1+1=1’s Tot School Gathering Place with activities that E enjoyed at 32 months old! Also shared over at the Everything Early Childhood Link Up, Everything Kids Link & Pin Party, Inspire Me Mondays, Top-Notch Tuesday Linkup Party, Good Tips Tuesday, Wonderful Wednesday Linky Party, Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop, The Homeschool Link-Up, Kitchen Fun & Crafty Friday, Learn and Play Link-Up, and the A Little Bird Told Me Link Party!
Cool Books for Earth Day Tot Trays