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Earth Day Activities: Ideas for a Happy Earth

April 22 is observed as Mother Earth Day by the United Nations. This presents a great opportunity for us to discuss simple ways in which we can  protect our environment. 

Here are a few activity ideas that help us talk to communicators about how we can make the Earth happy 😊

1. Happy Earth, Sad Earth Activity

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Click on this image to download an interactive google slide of the Happy Earth, Sad Earth Activity. This works great for teletherapy

Click on this image to download a PDF of the Happy Earth, Sad Earth Activity. This works great as a printable activity.

Use this activity to teach children the things that are causing harm to the environment. Talk to them about conservation of energy, pollution, and other related topics. Make sure to use simple language along with the visuals to understand the do’s and don’ts to keep our environment healthy.

You can model Happy and Sad on the child’s AAC system during the activity. We can also model ‘clean’, ‘dirty’, ‘healthy’ while explaining what makes Earth happy.

2. Wordless Videos

The earlier children learn about the adverse effects of plastic, the better it is for the environment.

But how do we explain the connection between plastic and pollution? 

Here’s a wordless video that can help you discuss just that. This video explains how plastic waste gets accumulated in the ocean and the resultant distress caused to marine life.

There are loads of words you can model during the activity including feeling words such as sad and happy, along with help, good, bad, right, wrong, do, don’t, etc.

3. The Three R’s

When children become aware about environmental issues, they can make the right choices to keep Earth healthy. 

Explain the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in simple terms. 

Reduce – Use less

What can you use less of to help Earth be happy?

Talk about little everyday things they can do that can have a positive impact on the environment.

Less water.        – Turn off Tap After Use

Less Electricity  – Turn off lights/ fans/ TV when not in use

Less plastic.       – Use reusable bags, cups, and plates instead of plastic ones

Reuse – Use Again

What can you use again to keep Earth happy?

Paper – Use back side of paper to draw or write 

Plastic Containers – Use containers again instead of buying new ones

Clothes – Buy new clothes only when necessary  and donate old ones 

Recycle – Making New from Old

How can you recycle to keep Earth happy?

Separate dry waste from wet waste

Discuss what things come under dry and wet waste and talk to them about sorting garbage.

You can also model color words such as green & blue while explaining what each trash bin color indicates.

Hope you enjoyed these Earth Day Activity Ideas. Please leave your feedback and suggestions in the comment section below.

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2 thoughts on “Earth Day Activities: Ideas for a Happy Earth”

  1. Great post! This year, for earth day, i had artists from a local outside sculpture museum come to the school where i work to talk about the recycling they do as part of their program. i will be looking at following some of these suggestions for myself in 2022. thanks for the suggestions!

    1. Glad you liked the post.
      It’s nice to hear that you got people to talk to your students about recycling
      The earlier children learn about how to protect our environment, the better 😊

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