These Earth Day Activities are great for occupational therapy activities because they are full of fine motor work, bilateral coordination, motor planning, and sensory experiences. Plus, when kids create these Earth day crafts and play experiences, they are learning about recycling, cleaning up the Earth, and nature.
Earth Day Activities
Let’s get to the Earth Day fun!
- Make a recycled materials craft bin. Kids can gather recyclable materials from food containers, cardboard, artwork, and use them to make a DIY craft bin that is used for making more crafts and using in fine motor or sensory play activities. I love that the wax paper sleeves or egg cartons can be easily stored in cut cereal boxes. What a way to work on scissor skills with a variety of materials.
Here are more crafts and activities using recycled materials.
2. Use recycled materials to make a flower craft– Then, after that recycled materials craft bin is sorted, use the items to make a flower craft. Things like used egg cartons, cereal boxes, paper bags, can be cut and manipulated to craft and work on fine motor skills.
3. Head outside. There are so many benefits to playing and exploring the outdoors. And, kids can learn about the earth, too.
- Here are outdoor sensory diet activities.
- Here are outdoor lawn games that build gross motor skills.
- Explore kinesthetic learning outdoors.
4. Read about recycling. These books about recycling are great to incorporate into therapy activities.
5. Incorporate recycled materials into learning concepts. Use these strategies to integrate therapy goals into the classroom with a recycling theme. You’ll find math, reading, science, and more ideas here.
This series on 31 days of learning using free materials will get you started on lots of ways to use recycled materials in classroom concepts.
6. Plant something- Explore this post on sensory gardens to find ways to incorporate sensory input in the outdoors.
I was surfing around on some other lovely blogs and trying to find some fun crafts that we could try. Here are a few of our favorite ones we came across all geared towards children ages two through five.
This Earth Day inspired felt counting book is such a great idea for toddlers.
What a fun idea- go on a nature hunt and create a Nature Book. Press plants, leaves, and flowers into paint and then write to describe the prints. It’s a great sensory based handwriting activity.
Created some great recycled artwork with cardboard food boxes. Work on scissor skills, bilateral coordination, and more.
Teach Beside Me These adorable Rock faces will make anyone smile and make a beautiful addition to a garden.
Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.