Our FREE Earth Day game will help your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grader will develop environmental awareness. This easy prep earth day activity can be made from recycled materials. Help your class have fun and learn about recycling, reusing, saving energy, and water. Simply download pdf file with recycling game and you are ready to play and learn with this recycling activities for kindergarten.
Earth Day Game
Earth Day is coming up next month (April 22nd). Now is the perfect time to enjoy a fun Earth Day game. With that in mind, we designed a free printable Earth Day game to help your students develop their environmental awareness. Use this reduce reuse recycle games with children to learn about Earth Day recycling. This recycling activities for preschoolers, kindergartners, and grade 1 students is a fun activity to teach recycling.
Earth Day Printable
The premise of this earth day activity is simple. Students roll a dice and move around the game board. When they land on a recycle symbol, they turn over a card. If they get a positive environmental action card, they move ahead. If they get a negative one, they go backwards. This Earth Day board game is designed to raise awareness about the little things we can do every day. Those small things that can add up over time to make a BIG difference if everyone does them. We made sure to focus on the kinds of things that Kindergarten children can do. Let’s face it, they don’t have the power to make the large decisions about how sustainably they live their lives. But they can learn to turn the tap off when they are cleaning their teeth, put used paper in the recycling bin, and remember their refillable water bottle. The game is meant to be fun and will teach your students about how they can care for the earth every single day. For most kids, it will be reinforcing concepts you have already taught. Things like reducing, reusing, recycling, saving water, and energy.
Reduce reuse recycle games
Special days and celebrations are the fun part of the classroom learning. Most children get excited to participate in a special day. Our earth day game is a good way to incorporate something fun and encouraging learning at the same day. I have also noticed that most young children care a great deal about the earth. They are keen to do things that help, particularly if they are small actions that are within their grasp. You might want to go through the cards in the games and discuss them as a group before allowing the children to play. Start by reading some good books that talk about the environment and what we can do. Here are 3 suggestions.
Earth day recycling
Read each earth day printable card and invite the children to tell you why all these actions will help the earth.
- You help plant a tree in your yard.
- You used recycled materials for your art project.
- You took reusable shopping bags to the shops.
- You borrowed a book from the library.
- You rode your bike to the park.
- You picked up an old plastic bag on the way to school.
- You put the flyers in the recycling bin.
- You remembered to take a water bottle to school.
Earth Day Game Cards with Negative Actions
Read each card and invite the children to tell you why all these actions are unhelpful. Discuss what you could do instead.
- You left the water running while you cleaned your teeth.
- You forgot to put your rubbish in the bin.
- You put your old in the trash instead of the recycling bin.
- You forgot your reusable grocery bags.
- You forgot to turn the light off when you left the room.
- You left the tap dripping after you washed your hands.
- You forgot to put your soda can in the recycling bin.
- You forgot your water bottle and mom had to buy a single use bottle.
Shuffle the cards and the pick one out at random. Read the card and invite the children to stand up if the action is helpful and sit down if it is harmful. Repeat until you’ve read all the cards or the children loose interest.
Fun activities to teach recycling
In keeping with Earth Day, we would strongly encourage you to make the game with recycled items. If you prefer, you can simply print the game board and cards directly to cardstock. We have included a page to print on the back of the cards if you wish to do that. Download the free file (below). Print the game board onto paper ensuring you print on the blank side. Do the same for the playing cards. Glue the game board and cards onto a cardboard backing and laminate for durability. Cut out the cards.
Recycling activities for preschoolers
Shuffle the game cards and place face down beside the board.
- Players place their game pieces on the start square.
- They take turns rolling the dice and moving their game pieces.
- When you land on a square with a recycle sign, turn over the card, read and follow instructions.
- The winner is the first person get to the finish square.
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Recycling activities for kindergarten
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