EARTH DAY THEME






Book List

Grovers 10 Terrific Ways to Help Our Wonderful World - Anna Ross
Just a Dream - Chris Van Allsburg
Miss Rumphius - Barbar Cooney
Recycle - Gail Gibbons
The Great Kapok Tree - Lynne Cherry
The Lorax - Dr. Seuss
Where Does the Garbage Go? by Paul Showers



Songs & Fingerplays

Earth Day song - Sung to "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Plant a seed and you will see,
you will see, you will see,
Plant a seed and you will see
What a beautiful world it can be.

Help us to recycle things,
recycle things, recycle things,
Help us to recycle things,
What a beautiful world it brings.

Put your trash where it belongs,
where it belongs, where it belongs,
Put your trash where it belongs,
And the world stays beautiful for long.

The Earth Needs Our Help - Sung to The Farmer in the Dell

The earth needs our help
The earth needs our help
Turn off the lights when you�re done
the earth needs our help.

2. Let�s pick up the litter. . .

3. Reuse and recycle. . . .

Pollution Song - Sung to "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"

The litter blows over the highway
The litter blows over the park: Unless we do something to stop it
The world will be *LITTERALY* dark
pick up, pick up, oh pick up the litter you see, you see.
Pick up, pick up, oh pick, the litter you see.

The cars that drive over the highway
Are spewing exhaust in the air
We're leading our world to extinction.
And just don't seem to care
Bring back, bring back, bring back a clean word to me to me
Bring back, bring back, please bring back a clean world to me.

God gave us clean air for our breathing
But we just don't keep it that way:
Instead we pollute it from smoke stacks
and breath in the garbage each day
Bring back, bring back, bring back a clean world to me to me.
Bring back, bring back, please bring back a clean world to me.
~Submitted by Wendy

God's Good Earth - Sung to "Jesus Loves Me"

Let's take care of God's good earth,
water, forest, air, and soil
Don't toss out that used time foil
Ride your bike and don't burn oil.

CHORUS
Love one another
Share with each other
Save God's good earth
And learn to do with less
Only buy the things you need
Enjoy the simple things in life
Do a hobby, play some game...
Eat at home, invite some friends
~Submitted by Wendy

Earth Day song - Sung to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

Earth Day, Earth Day,
Comes once a year.
But we should make our message clear.
Love and clean our Earth each day.
Make that plan a plan to stay.
Earth Day, Earth Day,
Comes once a year,
Love and care for our Earth so dear.

Earth Day song - Sung to "Mulberry Bush"

This is the way we pick up trash,
pick up trash, pick up trash.
This is the way we pick up trash
To help our Mother Earth.

Recycling Song - Sung to "Mulberry Bush"

Recycling is the smart thing to do,
smart thing to do, smart thing to do.
Recycling is the smart thing to do,
separating things we can use.

Recycling Song - Sung to "Row Row Row Your Boat"

Save, save, save the cans, throw them in the bin,
We can help to save the earth if we all pitch in.

Save, save, save the paper....
Save, save, save the bottles....
Save, save, save the plastics....

~Submitted by Cathy

Care About Our Air song - Sung to "Wheels on the Bus"

Dirty air can make us sick,
Make us sick, make us sick.
Dirty air can make us sick,
Here's what you can do.

Walk, bike, skate; it's good for you,
Good for you, good for you.
Walk, bike, skate; it's good for you,
And great for the air we breathe.

The people on a bus are helping our air,
Helping our air, helping our air.
The people on the bus are helping our air,
By not driving their cars.

Car pool, car pool, it's cool to do,
Cool to do, cool to do.
Car pool, car pool, it's cool to do,
And thanks for helping too!

~Submitted by Cathy



Arts & Crafts

Use a piece of blue construction paper and cut into circle and place in box or baking pan with high sides. Add a few marbles and yellow paint and roll away. (Supposed to look like the Earth!)

~Submitted by Lorri

A variation on this would be to use blue and green paint to resemble the land and the water.

Potato Planters

Supplies:

Potato
Misc. craft Supplies
Potting Soil
Grass Seed

Scoop out some of the potato before you give it to the children. Let the children make a face with the pipe cleaners, yarn and eyes. When they have finished add the soil and grass seed, when the grass grows your potato has hair.

~Submitted by Cathy

Trash Monster

Supplies:

2 Paper Grocery Bags
Pipe Cleaners
Construction Paper

Get 2 large paper grocery bags for each child. Cut a large oval out of the bottom of one. Slide it into the other bag, open end first, so that the oval is on top. The oval will be the monster's mouth. Decorate the top of the bag with construction paper eyes, mouth, hair, whatever. Poke a small hole on the top center, about 2" from the edge, and another on the back, about 3" from the top. Run a pipe cleaner thru the two holes and twist together to make a handle. Then take the monsters for a walk, and "feed" them any trash you find. Also looks cute for a trash bag in the child's room. To empty and reuse, untwist the pipecleaner and pull the top bag out, empty and replace.

~Submitted by Cathy

Wheelbarrow Planters

Supplies:

Plastic Scoops from Laundry detergent
Milk Gallon Cap (or buttons, etc...)
Glue
Potting Soil
Seeds

Take the plastic scoop from laundry detergent (wash it) and glue on each side towards the handle the plastic lid off a gallon milk jug. It makes a little wheelbarrow. Next add potting soil and let the kids plant seeds in it. I always plant either grass seeds or beans because they grow so fast.

~Submitted by Cathy

Earth Sun Catcher

Supplies:

Glue
Blue Food Coloring
Margarine Tub Lid
Brown Permanent Marker
Yarn or String

Pour about 1/3 cup of white glue into a cup, and add about 5 drops of food coloring, stir well. This will dry much darker, so don't add any more color than this. Fill a margerine tub lid with the glue, and let it dry completely. This could take several days, even a week if there is a lot of humidity. When it is totally dry, peel the blue circle out of the lid. With a brown permanent marker, draw on the land forms. This will usually stick to the glass window, but if it doesn't, punch a hole in the top and thread a piece of yarn or ribbon thru it to hang.

~Submitted by Cathy



Theme Ideas

One project we have done is decorate a paper lunch bag for use in the car. Reinforce the upper edge with packing tape & cut a hole so it can hang on the cig lighter in the car.

~Submitted by Nancee

Earth Day Activity!

To teach young ones about pollution, I have each child bring in a piece of recyclable garbage. We sit around a pretend pond (a large painted blue sheet of butcher paper) that is filled with paper fish. I tell a story about how the fish live in the pond surrounded by the beautiful woods. As people visit the area for picnics, they begin to throw their trash into the water. I have the children do this, one at a time. As more trash goes in, the fish of course have to come out. Soon thepond is full of garbage and no fish. Now I ask the children to help clean up the pond by removing their garbage and placing it into appropriate recycling containers. These I have made ahead of time by taping commonly recycled items (newspaper, glass bottle, plastic container) to the outside of a paper bag. Wefeel really good when the pond is clean and the fish can come back to swim there.

Earth Day Clean-Up

Take bags and go on a clean-up walk in your yard and neighborhood.



In the Kitchen

Dirt and gummy worms

1 20-oz. pkg. chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
1/2 stick margarine
1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
3-1/2 c. milk
2 pkg. instant chocolate pudding
1 12-oz. tub whipped topping gummy worms.
~Submitted by Wendy



Links!

Earth Day - A to Z Teacher's Stuff
Earth Day - abcteach
Earth Day Theme - Everything Preschool
Earth Day Preschool Activities & Crafts - First School
Earth Day - Kid's Domain
Earth Day - Perpetual Preschool


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