Updated: Jul 17
Changes to Environment
Plastic boxes labeled for recycling Books about reusing and recycling Empty plastic bottles (parmesan container, fruit cup container, water bottle, milk jugs, etc) Empty boxes (tissue boxes, cereal boxes, egg carton, etc) Posters, pictures, magazines, etc. about recycling and reusing Green construction paper, tissue paper, playdough, paint, crayons, etc Pictures of the Earth Plush Earth Pictures of things that pollute the Earth (cars, factories, littering, etc) Garbage truck, dump truck, recycling truck, etc. Shredded paper Empty coffee containers for drums Empty milk cartons Paper and/or plastic cups of different sizes for nesting/stacking cups Water Table: black water, empty plastic containers (half gallon milk jugs with holes in cap, parmesan container, spice containers, etc.), cars, milk caps, etc., plastic yogurt cups Sensory Table: shredded newspaper, empty plastic containers (parmesan container, fruit cup containers, etc.), small cardboard boxes, etc. or dirt, plastic foods that compost, shovel, etc., cardboard tubes, large pom poms, egg cartons, paper bags, old magazines
Teaching Concepts for Indoor Experiences
1. Coffee filter Earth (color coffee filter with green and blue markers, then spray with water) 2. Glue blue and green tissue paper to pre-cut circle of construction paper or contact paper to look like the Earth 3. Place recyclable materials in recycle bins 4. Recycle collage (make collage with magazine pics of recyclable materials) 5. Playdough Earth 6. Sensory play using empty milk jugs(cut in half), egg cartons, shredded paper, etc. 7. Egg carton color match (color the inside of the egg carton, each spot a different color, have children place large pom pom in section that matches) 8. Decorate a milk carton to plant a flower in 9. Stack and nest cups (collect paper and/or plastic cups of different sizes, let children stack them and nest them inside one another)
Teaching Concepts for Outdoor Experiences
1. Garbage stomp (stomp plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, etc then place in appropriate recycle bins) 2. Place pictures of things that pollute the Earth and things that are good for the Earth around the playground. Have children collect the things that are bad for the Earth
3. Recycling Building Activity
It is a simple yet very fun activity for kids. Collect any used materials in your garbage bins. It could be egg cartons, cereal boxes, toilet roll tubes, or milk cartons – perfect for recycled building activity. Allow your child to build anything from his imagination using these materials. He can create bridges, towers, or walls.
4.Sort Recycling Items
5. Transform a recycled plastic bottle into a simple homemade birdfeeder.
6. Paint with recycled materials
7. Magazine scrap Earth Day Collage
Use cardboard, magazines, pencil, scissors, glue, picture of Earth (optional)
Teaching Concepts for Music Movement Wellness IMIL
1. Recycling In My Home (tune: Wheels on the Bus) Recycling in my home goes round and round, Round and round, round and round. Recycling in my home goes round and round, All through the day. Tie up the papers and take them back, Take them back, take them back. Tie up the papers and take them back, All through the day. Crush the cans and take them back….. Rinse the milk bottles and take them back…. Save the glass and take it back…… 2. This Land (tune: This Land is Your Land) This land is your land This land is my land, Let’s work together To make it better From tall green forests to clear blue waters This land depends on you and me! 3. Clean Up (Tune: Twinkle, twinkle, Little Star) Twinkle twinkle little star Time to clean up where you are. Put litter back in its’ place, Keep a smile upon your face. Twinkle, twinkle, little star, Time to clean up where you are. 4. Recycling For Our Earth (tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb) Hear the cans go crunch, crunch, crunch, Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, Hear the cans go crunch, crunch, crunch, Recycle for our earth. Hear the bottle go ding, ding, ding, Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding. Hear the bottle go ding, ding, ding, Recycle for our earth. Hear the paper go crinkle, crinkle, crinkle, crinkle, crinkle, crinkle, crinkle, crinkle, crinkle. Hear the paper go crinkle, crinkle, crinkle, Recycle for our earth. 5. Keep It Clean (tune: The Farmer in the Dell) Let’s keep the earth clean, let’s keep the earth clean, Let’s all work together to keep the earth clean. Let’s keep the water clean, let’s keep the water clean, Let’s all work together to keep the water clean. Let’s keep the air clean, let’s keep the air clean, Let’s all work together to keep the air clean. 6. We’ve Been Working on Recycling/Reducing/Reusing (tune: I’ve Been Working on the Railroad) We’ve been working on recycling everything we can, We’ve been working on recycling, it’s a very simple plan. Separate your glass and paper, your plastic and your tin. Take the trash that you’ve recycled to your recycling bin. We’ve been working on reducing everything we can. We’ve been working on reducing, it’s a very simple plan. Don’t get things if you won’t use them; get only what you need. Don’t buy things in extra wrapping; reduce and you’ll succeed! We’ve been working on reusing everything we can. We’ve been working on reusing, it’s a very simple plan. If it’s a bag you’re using, make sure you use it twice. Give away old toys and clothes; reusing is so nice! 7. I Am The Earth I am the Earth And the Earth is me. Each blade of grass, Each honey tree, Each bit of mud, And stick and stone Is blood and muscle, Skin and bone. And just as I Need every bit Of me to make My body fit, So Earth needs Grass and stone and tree And things that grow here Naturally. That's why we Celebrate this day. That's why across The world we say: As long as life, Is dear, is free, I am the Earth And the Earth is me.
Teaching Concepts for Fingerplays
1. Pick up Litter (tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It) If you see a piece of litter, pick it up. If you see a piece of litter, pick it up. You will make the world look better If you pick up all the litter. If you see a piece of litter, pick it up. 2. Little Recycle Bins (tune:Ten Little Indians) One little, two little, Three little recycle bins. Four little, five little, Six little recycle bins. Seven little, eight little, Nine little recycle bins. Ten recycle bins to help our earth! 3. E-A-R-T-H (tune:B-I-N-G-O!) There is a planet we call home And “Earth” is its name. E-A-R-T-H E-A-R-T-H E-A-R-T-H And “Earth is its name. We must all work to care for her, To keep her safe and clean – C-L-E-A-N C-L-E-A-N C-L-E-A-N This planet we call home.” 4. Recycle This, Recycle That Recycle this, recycle that. (Hold up one bottle then both bottles) Give yourself a tap, tap, tap. (Tap bottles together X3) For you recycled this and that! (Hold up one bottle then both bottles) Give yourself a tap, tap, tap. (Tap the bottle together X3)