2 Free Earth Day Coloring Pages for Kids

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Free ABCMouse.com Earth Day Coloring Page

Earth Day coloring page from ABCmouse.com.
Right click to enlarge this printable Earth Day coloring page from ABCmouse.com. Age of Learning, Inc.

When Earth Day was first conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, the purpose was to draw more attention to the important environmental issues of the time. Nelson felt that the media and public were not paying enough attention to environmental protection, so he conceived a day where the sole focus would be on the Earth and other green issues. 

These days, conservation, protecting our environment, and sustainability are still front-and-center issues for many. While your preschooler can't possibly understand the political wrangling and concerns that exist today, they can get involved in more simple ways. 

When explaining Earth Day to a young preschooler, your best bet is to keep it simple. Talk about easy, long-term ways your family can take care of the earth as a way to celebrate, and maybe even do something special on that day like taking part of a community clean up. If you set good habits now, your preschooler is much more likely to carry them with him or her later on in life. So things such as not littering, recycling, and participating in community cleanups will become his or her norm, rather than something they never or occasionally do. 

This free coloring page from educational website ABCmouse.com is simple but packs a powerful message. Ask your preschooler to color it and then hang it in your house -- showing your preschooler that you are proud of his work, but to also remind him of how important loving the earth is.

Right click to enlarge this printable Earth Day coloring page from ABCmouse.com.

Coloring page courtesy of Age of Learning, Inc. and ABCmouse.com.

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Ideas for Earth Day - ABCmouse.com Earth Day Poetry

Ideas for Earth Day - ABCmouse.com Earth Day Poetry
Right click to enlarge this printable Earth Day poetry activity page from ABCmouse.com. Age of Learning, Inc.

Looking for ideas for Earth Day with your preschooler? The best way to celebrate our Earth is to get outside and play (as well as implementing some long- and short-term habits into your daily life), but if you find yourself inside, this printable Earth Day poetry page from educational website ABCmouse.com will get your child thinking -- not only about Earth Day and the world around them, but about words and how they can be used. Reading and writing poetry with your little one can be a lot of fun, and this activity, which asks kids to draw a picture to go with the poem, will stimulate their creative juices.

Once you have finished explaining Earth Day to your preschooler and have completed the two sheets, talk to your preschooler about what he or she thinks they can do to help the Earth. Then put words into action and do it. If your little one is uncertain, try some of these earth-friendly activities that you can do as a family -- some are more long-term, while others you can do once a month, quarter, or year -- whatever best fits your schedule:

  • Do a beach, park, or playground clean up. It can be just your family, or a group of families working together. Some communities hold yearly, twice-yearly, or quarterly clean up days, but certainly you can do your own as well.
  • Recycle. When you are putting something into the recycling can or bins, draw your preschooler's attention to it. Preschoolers can also help bring the bins to the curb on pickup days.
  • Plant a garden -- one of the most earth-friendly activities there is!
  • Start a compost pile. You'll be amazed at how much household waste you cut down on. Your preschooler can be in charge of bringing the scraps to the pile.
  • Make a craft out of recycled materials.

Right Click to enlarge this printable Earth Day poetry activity page from ABCmouse.com.

Activity page courtesy of Age of Learning, Inc.

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