Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Earth Day Science Activities for Preschool


Earth day is the perfect time to help children think about conservation.  This can be a difficult concept for young children to understand because natural resources seem to always be available.  Young children are most likely to understand the importance of conserving natural resources when we make this topic relevant to their lives. I've rounded up some great activities that you can do with your students to help them better understand conservation and natural resources.

Explore how much water we can save by turning off the tap when brushing our teeth - from Rainy Day Mum

Explore water pollution - from Getting Messy with Ms. Jessi

Using this energy conservation checklist in your classroom, then send it home for children to use with their families - from energy.gov

Sign up to collect every day items and recycle them through TerraCycle

All of these activities make conservation personal for children because these are items that they use every day.  They also give children a great visual for just how much of a difference they can make.  Our school collects applesauce and baby food pouches for TerraCycle.  The children know that after lunch and snack their applesauce pouches go in a special bin, and they see just how many we collect.  Before we send in a shipment we count the pouches we've collected, or the children watch me fill up a big box.  They are always amazed how many there are - but it is a great visual for them.  


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