Preschool Lesson Plan: Earth Day

Yesterday, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Teaching my sons to love the Earth, their home, is a no brainer to me. Why wouldn’t you want to keep your home safe and clean? There is so much beauty and wonder on our beautiful planet!

Happy Earth Day!

We started off our lesson by watching PBS Learning’s Earth Day clip. I even learned things about Earth Day that I didn’t know about!

Earth Day Activities

Hanging Pine Cone Bird Feeders

Materials needed: pine cone, bird seed, peanut butter, string

Materials for pine cone bird feeder

For this project, all you need to do is spread peanut butter on the pine cones. Then roll the pine cones in the bird seed and wrap some string around the pine cone to create a hanger. The whole activity took less than 15 minutes.

Making pine cone bird feeders for Earth Day

Once the pine cones were ready, we hung them out in the backyard for the birds to enjoy.

Hanging Pine Cone Bird Feeder

Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt

Before lunch, we headed outdoors for a walk around the neighborhood. We are lucky to live on a canyon that is basically right in our backyard. I included a little scavenger hunt on our nature walk.

Yellow rose in bloom on our nature walk
Examining leaves on our nature walk

We looked for leaves, flowers, trees, rocks, clouds and other things. We found most of them. However, we were not able to find a single cloud in the sky. We were so lucky to have beautiful weather yesterday.

We even saw some wildlife on our walk, including insects, a bunny and a lizard. I didn’t get any photos of them because they were too fast for me.

I love that we are still able to enjoy a bit of the outdoors while we are staying at home during this pandemic.

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

Music and Movement

We had three songs to listen to for music and movement. We learned about recycling, ways to go green and why we should love our planet.

Reduce Reuse Recycle by The Kiboomers
I love my planet by HiDino
Going Green Song by Have Fun Teaching

Storytime

For storytime, we read three stories celebrating our amazing planet and Earth Day:

Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
I Can Save the Earth! One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
by Alison Inches
I Love the Earth by Todd Parr

We love our Earth and hope we can share it together again with our friends soon!

* Background: We are all going through some chaotic and concerning times at the moment. On Friday, March 13, 2020, our family began our process of social distancing and staying put in our homes. That means we found ourselves with two preschool-aged children at home. I took it upon myself to continue their preschool education while we find ourselves coping with this change in our daily norm.

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