Earth Day is just around the corner, April 22nd. #Kinderfriends, a group of early childhood educators, decided to do a blog hop to showcase some of the fun ways we've found to celebrate Earth Day - thank you for stopping by!
I like to use natural materials with my kiddos whenever I can, so I thought I'd share some ways to use free, natural items from your environment to teach important concepts! The only item you need to provide for this is a way for students to contain their collection - a lunch sack or reused grocery bag works really well. Take a walk outside, and see what natural items your students can find! Have them make a collection of treasures.
Have students sort their collections into piles of similar things - they're working on sorting and classifying skills. How many different ways can they sort them?
Natural materials make excellent counters too. I found a lot of acorn caps in pairs - time to count by 2s. How about making groups of 10s and 1s, then figuring out how many items you have?
Maybe your students would rather make a design, like this mandala - and practice symmetry while they are at it.
There are so many ways to use natural materials in our teaching and learning, I'd love to hear how you and your students integrate them into your Earth Day celebrations!
For more Earth Day ideas, continue the blog hop and check out the free ideas from our clever #Kinderfriends! Next stop: Class of Kinders