Before I dive into the background of this post, I want to share with you...

5 Reasons Why All Children Can Benefit From  Social Stories and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Activities



1.  Improved Emotional Regulation:

Social stories and SEL activities teach children how to identify and manage their emotions, which in turn helps then handle stress, anxiety and frustration more effectively...that is not to say these emotional feeling will disappear, but when they come, children will understand what to do to handle these "MUDDY FEELINGS."

2.  Enhance Social Skills:

These stories and activities support students to understand and recognize social cues, develop empathy, and learn appropriate behaviors for interacting with others.  This is so important for building positive relationships and effective communication skills.  Teaching children to "USE THEIR WORDS" and react in a more positive way to negative situations is key to deal effectively with various emotions that come into play.

3.  Increase Self-Awareness:

SEL activities encourage children to reflect on their own thoughts and feelings, which is so important in today's society.  These reflections foster greater self-awareness, which is the foundation for personal growth and making informed decisions in all areas of life. 

4.  Better Academic Performance:

My experience and research has demonstrated that students who participate in SEL activities, perform better academically because they are able to focus their energy on the task at hand and understand their feelings.  They develop a growth mindset, which enables them to realize that is okay if they need more time or that they are not there...YET!  These improved social and emotional skills teach resilience, to keep trying, support motivation, which leads to better academic learning outcomes.

5.  Long Term Mental Health Benefits:

Early exposure to social and emotional learning builds a strong foundation for mental health. Children who learn these skills are better equipped to cope with challenges and understand what they can do to help themselves cope with certain challenges.  If learned at a young age, these skills will stay with them throughout their lives.


The Background or Skills Needed Were Always There, But Became More Prevalent NOW! 


I remember years ago when my son and I would cuddle in a rocking chair and read books...lots of books.  Some of his most favorite books that we read over and over again were part of a series called Sweet Pickles by Richard Hefter.  I have to admit. I loved reading them over and over again.  


The ones we loved the most were Accusing Alligator, Very Worried Walrus, Me Too Iguana, Who Can Trust You Kangaroo, Moody Moose Buttons, Turtle Throws a Tantrum, Jackal Wants Everything and Yakety Yak Yak Yak.  You can make some great inferences and predictions  by these titles.  

This was in 1977-78 and as a parent I wanted to be assured that my kids understood social emotional interactions and were prepared for friendships and the ups and downs that can happen with family and friends.

Little did I know that 12 Years later, I would soon be using these cute characters to decorate my reading station and reading many of this series to teach positive character traits and social skills to my first graders!

Move forward to 2020...Covid came and Covid went.  Covid came and Covid went.  

Kids worked remotely, children worked at school and some experienced a hybrid schedule and many schools were shut down completely for a good amount of time.  

I was happy I was retired and pretty much living at my daughter's house to help her and her husband maneuver being a principal and teaching from home with a toddler.  

I thought how will teachers and parents ever be able to do this, but because teachers will be teachers and parents will be parents, they finished with flying colors and I was so proud of all the teachers and parents I knew! 

It was confusing to say the least and as a former teacher and current grandparent, I tutored on Zoom with s
neighborhood kids and my grandkids!  I really DO NOT want to relive the severe COVID days, but they had a huge impact on all of us.

Let's think about this..there was something missing during this time! What was it? Yes! Social interaction... with peers, teacher role models even parents as many of them were also working from home. 

So now our children or students are back to school full time and what I hear most from teachers and parents or even teachers who are parents is: 
My children/students missed at least a year of school, they are behind in not just academics, but also with character education development including social emotional skills. (I am sure you are hearing these exact statments on the news as we speak.

So now teachers are faced with another job which is differentiating academic skills for various levels within each grade and teaching and supporting social emotional learning. This is not new to teachers but the levels within each classroom in these areas are more spread out and teachers need resources that can be differentiated for all learners! 

Now, you are probably wondering where I am going with this...well...many children (not all) can have difficulty with these social/emotional skills in normal situations. 

So my point is every child can use support with understanding positive character traits as well as social and emotional skills. I AM SAYING THAT ACADEMICS IS IMPORTANT, BUT SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING IS JUST AS IMPORTANT IF NOT MORE!

These skills are NOT just for students who are identified as having issues in this area of learning.



Children are tethered to their electronic devices and are connected to their friends in a different way than when we were young or our own children were younger.  

I have watched kids posing for Instagram, dancing on TikTok and constantly communicating electronically with friends and family.  I am not saying this needs to totally stop, but maybe we need pull back on the reins a bit.

Interpretation?  We need to spent some time at home and at school teaching and focussing on social skills....what's appropriate and what's not and there in itself is a problem.  YES that has changed too! 

I am the first to admit that I spend more time than I need to on social media.  It has been a trend and we have all jumped on the bandwagon and when we promise to jump off the wagon...we jump right back on.

Does this sound familiar?  YES?  Then you need what I am about to share with you!  


Social Stories are a Great Way to Teach Young Children Positive Behaviors and to Recognize Negative Behaviors

Using Social Stories or activities gives children/students concrete examples of positive choices they can make when faced with everyday situations in school and at home.  

These teachings are NOT just for school use.  They can help every parent and teacher who have faced challenges with types of behaviors at home and at school.

A social story can be an effective way to teach students and children appropriate behaviors for different social situations.

Explicit social skill and character trait instruction by using social stories can give teachers a way to demonstrate expectations in a story format.  Once the social piece is in place, the students are more ready to learn academic skills.

I started creating Social Stories long before Covid.  Stories for my students to learn and understand expected behaviors as well as to suggest strategies to support behaviors that need to be regulated or reactions to triggers that are not as big a deal as children perceive. 


Some of the lessons I have created are:


Because I believe so strongly that we can't assume that children have and understand these important skills, it is important to teach these skills and behaviors so that our children can be their best selves, have positive interactions and outcomes and be active members of their classroom community and family.

With that being said, if you would like to take a look at these social lessons and stories to see if they might work for your students or own children or grandchildren, click each title above and VOILA you will be able to check them out!







10 Fun Donut Theme Day Activities


I absolutely love setting up theme days and using FUN National holidays to help make learning exciting and engaging in my first and second grade classroom. You can integrate educational skills and concepts with any topic or special day!

Donut Day is a fun way to have day long activities to transform your room into a delightful sugary, scrumptious day! Just make sure you eat donuts at the end of the day just in time for all those sugared up kiddos to go back home!

Now just because National Donut Day is June 7th, doesn’t mean you cannot do this earlier or a little later in the school year too!

Why Have a Donut Theme Day?

Theme days are a great way to make lessons more fun and engaging while using students interests (because who doesn’t love donuts right?) In addition, there is so much you can use to make a Donut theme Day full of learning activities for your class. Here are a few ideas on what to use for your Donut Theme Day:

Donut Writing Activities   


Have your students create a poster on what they love about donuts while focusing on writing and letter print. 

With this donut theme writing activity,  students can create and decorate their own donut and write about it!

There are two different options for students. Option one, students will write what donuts can, have, and are (Don't forget DONUTS are delicious!) 


Option two, students will write about their favorite donut. 


Then simply turn all that donutty writing into the perfect activity by adding a craft to the mix and that equals your fun donut theme day! Snag this writing activity here today!

Donut Math

Make a full day out of your Donut Day theme activities and use these ideas for added teaching and math centers.


Donut Adding and Subtracting: 


  • Use donuts or  donut erasers to practice math skills. For example, you can have counting exercises, simple addition and subtraction problems.  I don't know about you, but you can never have enough mini erasers.  I am sure you can find these on amazon!

  • Use different colored donut cut-outs to create and complete patterns. This helps with recognizing and predicting sequences.

These cutouts can be found in my writing resource above. Simply Print them out on different colored paper and make some easy patterns.  YOU will be surprised with what you studentw will come up with or have kids use a template decorate it and then decide how the can be graphed (Example: Striped, sprinkled, hearts, colors, size (don't forget to make them different sizes>)

  • Taste-test different flavors of donuts and have the kids vote for their favorite. Create a bar graph to display the results.

Bonus Donut Day Activities

Now that we have shared writing and math activities,  add these fun centers to make the day even better!

  • Provide plain donuts and a variety of toppings like sprinkles, icing, chocolate chips, and fruit. Let the kids decorate their own donuts.  
  • Have kids make their own paper or felt donuts. Provide materials like colored paper, markers, glue, and glitter.
  • Organize a relay race where kids have to balance a donut on a spoon and race to the finish line without dropping it.
  • Conduct an experiment to see what happens when donuts are placed in different liquids (milk, water, vinegar). Discuss the changes observed.                                                      
  • Read a fun book about donuts, such as "If You Give a Dog a Donut" by Laura Numeroff, and discuss the story with the kids.
  • Sing songs related to donuts or sweets. You can find or create simple donut-themed songs and have a sing-along.
  • Instead of playing "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie JAr'" play "Who stole the Donut from the Donut Shop!"

We love these Donut Day activities as a FUN THEME DAY F and ian integrated learning idea for kids. Try out these 10 ideas and let me know your favorite by dropping a comment below.

Free Halloween Game to Build a Classroom Community 


My favorite time to teach is any holiday season. It gives me an opportunity to bring fun printables and engaging activities with the different holiday themes. 

One of my favorite resources is this free Halloween game to help build a strong classroom community. Ready to download this already, grab it for free here! 


The Importance of Building a Classroom Community 

One of the most important aspects of teaching, even sometimes more or as important as academic growth, is social emotional growth and building relationships between classmates and you (the teacher). Activities that support building a classroom community are so important when teaching the whole child and all students. 

I cannot speak enough about the significance of making students feel welcome and to feel as though they are active Important members of your classroom community.

Creating a positive classroom community with students is so important for a child’s overall learning experience. 

For example, it increases collaboration and teamwork by encouraging students to work together. 

It also enhances social skills and promotes classroom participation as it encourages every student to be an active member of your classroom community in a save positive environment.
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Furthermore, building a classroom community can help increase a sense of belonging among students. They feel more secure around their peers and are more confident which helps with their positive self-esteem which can reduce anxiety. 

Finally, by building a classroom community, it helps enhance your classroom management and makes your life easier. 

Teachers with a strong classroom community often have a class who makes positive choices by following the rules, respecting authority, understands that we all have different strengths which in turn fosters  positive  classroom and individual behaviors.


 Free Halloween Game to Promote Positive Classroom Community


This Halloween game is completely free and 
promotes a positive classroom community. 

For example, by playing charades it encourages teamwork among students. They will need to collaborate, communicate, and support each other.

 In addition, it promotes active participation because students need to move, engage, and can help break down barriers to increase energy level and fun into your classroom. 

Furthermore, charades helps with communication skills and social stills too. 

Finally, playing charades fosters inclusivity because every student can participate. 

In addition to this fun free Halloween game you can turn this into a writing activity and have students write about their favorite part of playing this game or their favorite fall activity. GET THIS FUN GAME HERE 










It is sure to bring lots of laughs and fun moments. To download this for free today click here!

The Best Back to School Elementary Resources and Printables 

Are you looking for the best back to school resources to have in your teacher back pocket? YES?
We got you covered! Here are five of my best back to school elementary favorite resources and printables that will save you time and make the first week of school fun for your class. 

The Stressful Back to School Season

If you are like me, the back to school season is difficult but also full of excitement. This is an opportunity to grow as a teacher adjust your lessons from the previous year and meet a new wonderful bunch of students. 

In addition, there is so much prep work! Setting up the classroom with the best and most functional layout to setting up the new schedule and classroom procedures and rules. 

The amount of tasks can feel overwhelming! I see you and that is why these back to school printables will help you with the procedures, cut your prep work time down, and supply your class with fun and engaging activities. 

The Best Back to School Elementary Resources 

Here is our list of the go-to printables to make your back to school season a little less stressful.     


Are you looking for a quick way to get your kinders or firsties thinking about goals for the new school year? This is a quick, cute way to get your kiddos to think about their Goals or Hopes and Dreams for the upcoming school year and it supports non readers! This is perfect for your whole class and will allow your English Language Learners, Special Ed Kiddos, Kinders and Firsties to choose pictures to support their goals! Snag this resource here! 

Social Emotional and Polite Classroom Posters (insert picture or product cover here and link to TpT product) 

This packet is designed to act out or think about social situations where you should “Use Magic Words” like please and thank you among other words.     


Snag 8 done for you posters on manners and 23 cards with scenarios written on them that you can present to the class or your children to have them think, pair, share to come up what they might do in the situation and what they should say. 

These discussion cards are great for morning meetings and learning how to interact with classmates. 

Back to School Getting to Know you Activities 



Kickstart the first week of school with excitement and Build Classroom Community when you introduce these 'Getting To Know You' activities that spark engagement like no other! 

This Back to School versatile resource, which includes picture supported "Ice Breaker" activities increases friendship and aids in kids' understanding of each other by getting them up, moving, and interacting. 

Consisting of several partner activities, this dynamic resource offers a fully immersive experience that is not only educational, but supports social interaction as well. Easy to facilitate for any educator, this back to school tool provides a variety of activities to choose from, this activity ensures a vibrant and lively start to the school year, fostering a deep bond among classmates from the get-go. Directed towards a more interactive and engaging learning environment, this innovative resource is the game-changer in your teaching routine! 

Editable Name Plates 

Print and laminate these Editable student name tags or name plates and you will be all set for the
beginning of the school year and anyone who enters your classroom will be able to identify your students and call them by name!! 

This 10 page packet has everything you need to create mini offices for math skills and language arts as well as student desk name plates. 

The name plates can be run off and laminated then attached to student desks or placed on tables. There are a variety to choose from to meet student needs. Learn more about these name plates here today! 


FREE First Day of School Activities


This is my favorite back to school elementary resource because I love using these greetings, the morning meeting topics, and these fun first day of school activities. 

Each one helps to understand your students better and makes the first day of school memorable.In addition, this printable pack includes a free writing activity for kids which can help understand how the first day of school went for your students overall. Finally, this freebie includes the best classroom scavenger hunt that will make your first day of school memorable. 





I hope you can use some of these Back to School Resources...BUT...for NOW relax in the sun and when you are ready to start thinking about Back to School, they will be here waiting for you.

Still need some more IDEAS for Back to School?  Take a look here for a bit more fun for Back to School!

When it comes to teaching math, it is important to have a variety of hands-on activities. The more hands-on the more younger students retain the the kills and concepts taugh. I am also a strong believer that all students no matter their age can benefit from concrete hands-on learning..  

When we combine math and art there are numerous benefits for children's development.  

๐ŸŽฒ  First of all, it helps them see math as more than just numbers and equations.  

๐ŸŽฒ  Second, engaging in hands-on activities that involve mathematical concepts, children can develop a deeper understanding of abstract mathematical ideas. Furthermore, incorporating math into art projects encourages creativity and critical thinking. It allows children to explore different ways of problem-solving and finding solutions. 

๐ŸŽฒ Last, these crafts provide a fun and interactive way for children to learn math, making it more enjoyable and memorable. We understand that time is valuable so we put together these 5 math and art projects/crafts for kids so you can use them , adapt them to differentiate learning for your students

Addition and Subtraction Ice Cream Craft

This addition and subtraction printable craft makes practicing addition and subtraction fun and engaging while practicing this particular math skill. Students will create math family ice cream sundaes. ANNNDDDD...there are two different ways you can use this math craft with your class. 
You can laminate the different ice cream scoops and bowls and use this repeatedly as a math center OR you can print off different math crafts for each student and create as a whole class project to send home, use as an assessment, or even use as a bulletin board! For more information on this fun craft idea for math class click here.   

Mosaic Math Art

Mosaic math art combines mathematical concepts with the creation of colorful mosaic designs. To make mosaic math art, you will need construction paper or cardstock in various colors, scissors, glue, and a ruler. Start by cutting the construction paper into small squares or rectangles of equal size. Then, use these pieces to create a mosaic design on a larger piece of paper or cardstock. Children can arrange the colored pieces in different patterns or shapes, creating a visually appealing mosaic artwork.

This craft incorporates concepts such as symmetry, patterns, and fractions. 
Children can explore symmetry by creating symmetrical designs using the colored paper pieces. 

They can also experiment with different patterns, such as alternating colors or creating

repeating motifs. Additionally, this activity provides an opportunity to introduce fractions, as children can divide the larger paper into equal sections and fill each section with a different color or pattern. 

Mosaic math art allows children to express their creativity while engaging with mathematical concepts...not to mention fine motor skills. We love this math and are projects and idea because it is unique to each student.

Students can also use pattern blocks or magnetic shapes to express their creative mathematical designs!

Click here for amazing math art and drawing games that your students will love!  Karyn is amazing! 

Paper Chains and Patterns


If your students are working on patterns you can easily create classroom paper chains with patterns like ABA, ABBA, ABCA, and more unique patterns

Have a museum sharing time or small group sharing time where students can create their own pattern paper chain and explain to the class what their pattern is and you can use these fun paper chains to decorate your classroom! I don’t know about you but I love when my students can decorate our classroom and take some ownership in the room.
 

Geometric String Art

Geometric string art is a craft that combines mathematical concepts with artistic design. To create geometric string art, you will need a wooden board or canvas, nails, colored string, a hammer, and a ruler. Begin by marking equidistant points along the edges of the board or canvas using the ruler. Then, hammer nails into these points, leaving a small portion exposed. Once the nails are in place, start weaving the colored string around the nails to create geometric patterns. OR SIMPLY USE GEOBOARDS!       

This craft incorporates several math concepts such as symmetry, angles, and patterns. Symmetry is evident in the balanced designs created by the string art. Children can explore different types of symmetry, such as rotational symmetry or reflectional symmetry, as they create their own unique designs. Additionally, they can learn about angles by observing the angles formed by the string as it wraps around the nails. Patterns can also be explored through the repetition of colors or shapes in the string art design.
You can use a simple paper plate or cardstock paper to make this craft even easier prep for you. Furthermore, students can hole punch their own shape and talk about it’s features and attributes as well. 

Button Day Math and Art Projects


Now button day is not something you hear about every day but it is November 16th every year. So why not take that silly national holiday and create a fun day for math and art. This printable and low prep packet is great for graphing. Best of all it includes multiple subjects, lesson plans, and more fun crafts too. Easily turn buttons into a fun art graphing project with this bundle. Find out more here.

Domino Basic Math Skills

If you are looking for an easy end of the year idea or any time of the year idea, your students will love this domino craft! Actually there is a National Domino Day, which is celebrated on November 11th, but you don't have to wait until then to use this adorable Dominic and Dominique craft to create Domino addition and subtraction math fact families

It is easy prep and fun for elementary students because you can make it addition, subtraction, multiplication, and even division. This resource supports counting, writing numbers, and more. The bet part is you can easily differentiate this for your students without taking you a ton of time. For more on this activity click here.


Math Fact Family Houses and Neighborhoods

Are you ready motivate your students to learn their math facts? These math fact houses will have your students engaged in ;earning their addition and subtraction math facts in a snap.

Creating these fact family houses allow math concepts to be tangible and engaging. This can capture students' interest and motivation, leading to better understanding and retention. Being able to see first- hand how these addition and subtraction fact families relate, is a valuable concept to support memorization.

For mor about this activity, check it out here.



So...as you can see, combining math and art projects /crafts has numerous benefits for children's development. By engaging in math-based art projects, children not only enhance their artistic skills but also deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. These crafts provide hands-on experiences that allow children to explore mathematical concepts in a fun and interactive way. They develop critical thinking skills, spatial awareness, problem-solving abilities, and an appreciation for the beauty of math in everyday life!


I would love to hear some of your favorite math projects!  Please share in the comments!




Getting to Know You ... another fabulous idea that you can add to your teacher toolbox to be ready for the first week of school.     

I am all about building community and making our classroom  a "school family" where we can feel safe, learn about each other, take care of each other and do our best together as a "family". 

The classroom is a place where we can solve problems, feel comfortable and make our environment one in which all students have the opportunity to learn, grow and do their best!
So this activity is just what you need to promote classroom community! 

BUT...before we dive into this Back to School activity, it is important to understand 

Why BUILDING CLASSROOM COMMUNITY IS IMPORTANT FROM DAY ONE

1. Establishing Trust and Comfort:

Building a classroom community from day one helps create a safe and comfortable environment where students feel valued and respected. This trust is crucial for fostering open communication, collaboration, and a positive learning atmosphere throughout the school year.

2. Promoting Engagement and Participation:

When students feel connected to their peers and teacher, they are more likely to actively participate in classroom activities, discussions, and projects. A strong classroom community encourages students to share ideas, ask questions, and take risks, leading to deeper learning experiences.

3. Supporting Social and Emotional Development:

Classroom communities provide opportunities for students to develop important social and emotional skills such as empathy, teamwork, and conflict resolution. By promoting a sense of belonging and inclusivity, educators can help students build healthy relationships and navigate various social situations effectively.


With that being said, this back to school ready to use printable activity can be used the first day of school, first week, as a getting to know you activity or as an anytime activity. 


It also includes a first day activity of “Find Someone Who…” to get your students up and and moving around to meet other classmates. Here is what is included in this packet:A first day getting to know you activity sheets for students to find other students with various attributes. 

This activity is perfret for the first day or week to "BREAK THE ICE" and get students up and moving in a safe and non threatening way!

  • An I LIKE and I can sheet to fill in and see how you and a partner are alike and different.

  • Differentiated sheets to use to meet student needs in writing. 

  • Frames for students to draw self portraits.




  • Directions for use and put it all together and it makes a great Back to School Night display or bulletin board idea


I think it would be safe to say that this Back to School activity is a mini unit for you and your students to get to know each other!




Ideas to extend this activity:

๐ŸŽ Have students bring in their favorite book to share with a partner or small group.
๐ŸŽ Have students create a ME Bag  
๐ŸŽ  Have students meet with a partner and share a few things about themselves. After a few minutes, ring a bell and students switch partners. The best way to organize this is to have an inner and outer circle and when the bell rings, the inner circle moves to their right or left while the outer circle does not move. You can use visual directions with hand movements if students don't know which way is left or right or have students wear a rubber band on the right wrist, 
๐ŸŽ Have students work with partners and create a partner drawing.
๐ŸŽ Have students write an ACROSTIC poem about their partners using their likes and what they can do from the sheets they have filled out.  

These are just a few ideas to extent this activity...I am super positive that YOU have already thought of a few to add to this list! PLEASE SHARAE YOUR IDEAS IN THe COMMENTS!

 


Earth Day: A Special Time to Remember to Take Care of the EARTH


We dedicate this day to raise awareness and promote environmental protection. 

BUT...YOU KNOW WHAT? EARTH DAY SHOULD REALLY BE EVERYDAY!

AND...IT IS SO important to teach our students and the next generation how to care for our earth and the importance of taking care of the land. 

Which is why this blog post on SIX Fun Earth Day Activities for Children was created so our future generations can continue to take care of the world 

Three Printable Earth Day Activities 

We all know Earth Day is important but sometimes the prep work for it all is too much for us already. So we created this fun Earth Day pack of printable activities to make teaching and learning fun and take the pressure off of you to prep everything. 

 ๐ŸŒŽ Earth Day Craft and Bulletin Board: 

Everyone wants to be a Superhero! 

Ignite those imaginations and encourage those young minds to imagine if they were a superhero and could save the Earth. This Earth Day Superhero fun craft and writing frames are great to share after reading a story about Earth Day or any story that encourages positive practices to keep the earth safe and to GO GREEN! 


The Earth Day Writing Frames are versatile and can be differentiated in that you can pick and choose various writing frames to fit different learners. 


Be a Superhero and Save the Earth combines Writing and Science. For more information click here. 


๐ŸŒŽ Printable Writing Craft and Crown 



If you are looking for comprehensive differentiated Earth Day Activities that align with curriculum goals check out this fifty-nine page resource packed with everything you need to have fun on Earth Day or maybe it might turn into Earth Week.


These resources have been used with Kindergarten through 2nd grade. To snag this writing project click here. 





๐ŸŒŽ Printable Earth Day Math Games   

                                                                                                                                                   



This fun and motivating addition and subtraction Earth Day themed roll and cover die or dice games are ready to print, laminate and use.


If your first and second graders are like mine, then they love to play games! When a game teaches fact fluency it is even better. Your students will be learning while they have fun playing a game with their classmates. Snag this here today!


๐ŸŒŽ 3 Fun Earth Day Activities for Children 

Not only do we use printables to teach our students how to take care of the world we also complete these fun Earth Day activities too. 



๐ŸŒŽ Recycled Art Projects



Each student brings a variety of stuff from home that they would normally throw away. 


We ask them to bring at least 10 different items into the room instead of throwing it away so that they can share supplies with other students. We also save objects fro our classroom and cafeteria (of course we clean them up before adding them to our recycled collection).


They bring in plastic water bottles, milk jugs, cereal boxes, etc and use those to create something beautiful by upcycling. 



Personally, this is one of my favorites because students get to use their own creativity, devise a plan, and get in front of the class and share their idea. 


I have seen kids turn their recyclables into plant holders, book boxes, and more. 


The possibilities are endless. Recycled projects are fun Earth Day activities for children because they get to be so creative and it works with all grade levels.




๐ŸŒŽ Community Clean-up  


It is important for students to take care of the world and one way to do that is a community or school wide clean up. 


Our classes go out at different times of the day and pick up trash to make the world better. 

We also talk about what we find and how long it takes to decompose naturally. Some of the stats will shock you






๐ŸŒŽ Energy Efficiency


Not only do we learn about how to take care of the world by recycling, reusing, and cleaning it up but we also talk about natural resources and conserving energy. 


For example, turning the water off while brushing teeth is a great lesson for students to learn to save water. Also, turning off the lights when the leave a room is also a great lesson for conserving energy too. 


Not only is it good for the world but also their parents will thank you for talking about this with kids too. 


These ideas and more are included in this Earth Day BUNDLE  


Recycling and upcycling household items, cleaning up the environment, and these fun printable crafts and activities are great ways to celebrate Earth Day with kids. These fun Earth Day activities for children will have a great impact on the world in the future and can make all the difference.