Every preschool theme is an opportunity to build language skills. Earth day activities for preschool can cover a variety of topics from science and math and language is no exception! I created this preschool Earth Day activity to encompass both fine motor and language/vocabulary. The free printables are easy to prep. Earth Day preschool activities included are a big/small Earth sort and a sensory Earth Day craft for preschool. Enjoy!
Language and Literacy Activities for Preschool
PRESCHOOL LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES
CHILDREN LEARN MANY FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS IN PRESCHOOL, FROM NUMBERS TO THE LETTERS OF THE ALPHABET. LANGUAGE IS THE CRUCIAL SKILL THAT UNDERLIES IT ALL!
Young children benefit greatly from rich language experiences, new vocabulary, and opportunities to talk sprinkled throughout different activities for kids.
Use concrete things to demonstrate words when possible. For nouns, show the object. For verbs, do the action. For adjectives, show the same adjective in relation to multiple objects, so that the child understands you are not naming the object, but describing something that can apply to multiple objects: fuzzy teddy bear, fuzzy dog, fuzzy sweater or red triangle, red square, red circle.
Narrate to yourself. Talk about simple actions that you are performing. Do not take any situation for granted. You think yellow buses driving by are boring, but that can be a new set of words for your child!
Use hand gestures. Even if you do not use formal sign language, using the same gesture every time you mention a certain concept, can help kids bridge the gap between non-verbal and verbal.
The Earth Day themed activity is really an Earth Day preschool craft and an Earth Day fine motor activity rolled into one!
Your child will enjoy gluing the pom poms and sequins to the Earth and learning about big vs. small with the colorful Earth printout.
Turn this art project into a lesson the Earth with some thoughtful questions for children:
- Where is your favorite place on Earth?
- How could our family reduce the amount of trash we produce?
- Do your prefer beach/mountains/city?
- What can we do to honor the Earth on Earth Day?
What Can Kids Learn From Earth Day Activities For Preschool?
spring fine motor activities for preschool
FINE MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT IS IMPORTANT DURING EARLY CHILDHOOD. FUN SPRING PROJECTS AND CRAFT IDEAS ENCOURAGE THE USE OF MANY IMPORTANT MUSCLES IN THE HANDS.
Depending on the direction you want to take the learning, toddlers and preschoolers can learn a variety about Earth during this Earth Day craft for kids:
Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About Earth?
Children are naturally curious about everything around them, from magnetic letters to backyard dirt. Learning about our planet helps them understand the world a little bit better.
How to Make The Earth Day Fine Motor Activity
Print the pages on regular paper or card stock. To prep the big/small sorting game, cut the Earths.
This fine-motor earth printable gives lots of opportunities to say the colors ‘green’ and ‘blue’.
Begin by putting one glue dot at a time and help the child put a pom pom on the correct colors.
Then, put glue on all the dots to finish the rest of the pom poms and sequins.
To sort the big/small Earths, place the Earths in a bowl/sensory bin and ask the child to pick one. Identify whether it is big or small and place it in a designated area. You can create “headers” before hand by talking about big vs. small and maybe labeling each area with a “big” toy and a “small ” toy.
Our Favorite Earth Books For Kids:
We can’t live without these!
Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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I Am Earth: An Earth Day Book for Kids (I Am Learning: Educational Series for Kids)Our Planet! There’s No Place Like Earth (Our Universe)My Friend Earth: (Earth Day Books with Environmentalism Message for Kids, Saving Planet Earth, Our Planet Book)Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years (Our Universe, 1)Earth Ninja: A Children’s Book About Recycling, Reducing, and Reusing (Ninja Life Hacks)Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet
What better way to celebrate Earth than with a natural materials craft! Make bird feeders with pine cones, seeds, and peanut butter!
A simple walk in nature is a great way to recognize and celebrate Earth Day! Bring along a scavenger hunt page to be on the lookout for specific items.
Write a Letter
Help build language skills by writing a letter together with your child to Earth. What do you want to promise the planet or thank it for?
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