It is nearly time to celebrate the earth we live on. Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Have fun celebrating with these free Earth Day coloring pages.
These Earth Day activities for elementary students are a great way to learn about Earth Day while having fun. As your child is coloring them in you can talk about the images and discuss the importance of recycling, and looking after the planet.
We draw a lot in our homeschool as it definitely helps reduce anxiety and increases focus. If we are having a bad day, we often grab our coloring pages and pens and take time to calm down and refocus.
These coloring pages are perfect for kids of all ages. We love to color these in with pens, but of course, you can use crayons or paints too.
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Coloring Pages for Earth Day
These Earth Day worksheets are free to print but are for personal use or classroom use only. Scroll to the end of the post to get the pdf file.
There are 12 fun Earth Day printables to print out.
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. It was organized by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as a way to raise awareness about environmental issues and to promote conservation and protection of natural resources.
The first Earth Day happened in 1970, and lots of people joined together in big groups to talk about taking care of the Earth. They had rallies and marches.
Now, Earth Day happens worldwide and people celebrate it to remind everyone to take care of our planet and keep it healthy for the future.
Earth Day Vocabulary
The Earth Day vocabulary the children will learn with these coloring pages are:
- Climate change
- Carbon Footprint
What is Recycling?
Recycling is when we take things like plastic bottles, paper, and cans, and we turn them into new things.
We do this so we can use them again instead of throwing them away. It’s kind of like taking old toys and making them into new ones!
When we recycle, we help the Earth by using less resources and making less garbage.
So remember, always put your bottles and cans in the recycling bin!
What does renewable mean?
Renewable means something that can be made again and again without ever running out, like playing with Legos!
Renewable energy is power that comes from things that can be made again and again, like the sun or the wind.
Using renewable energy is good for the Earth because it doesn’t produce pollution or waste. By using renewable energy, we can keep the Earth healthy for a long, long time!
What does reuse mean?
Reuse means finding a new way to use something that we already have, instead of throwing it away. For example, you can reuse a bag when shopping.
When we reuse things, we help the Earth by using less resources and making less garbage. So remember, always try to find a new way to use things instead of throwing them away!
What is composting?
Composting is like making magic dirt!
It’s a special way of turning food scraps, like banana peels and apple cores, and yard waste, like leaves and grass clippings, into super-nutritious soil for plants.
Just like how you grow plants in dirt, you can use compost to help plants grow big and strong.
When we make compost, we help the Earth by reusing things that we might have thrown away and making food for plants instead of using chemicals.
Plus, making compost is a fun way to learn about how nature recycles things!
Have fun with our free Earth Day memory game too!
What is climate change?
Climate change is when the Earth’s weather is getting warmer, and that can cause big changes to our planet.
This happens because people are using a lot of energy and creating pollution that can harm the Earth.
Climate change can cause things like more heat waves, hurricanes, and floods, and even make it harder for plants and animals to live.
That’s why it’s important for us to take care of the Earth and try to reduce our pollution so we can help keep the planet healthy for everyone and everything that lives on it!
What is conservation?
Conservation means taking care of our natural resources like plants, animals, and the environment, so they can be enjoyed for a long time.
It’s like taking care of your toys so you can play with them for a long time.
We want to make sure that we don’t waste resources, like water or trees, and that we don’t hurt the environment, like throwing garbage on the ground or polluting the air.
When we conserve, we help the Earth stay healthy and happy.
What is sustainability?
Sustainability means using resources in a way that does not hurt the environment and can be continued for a long time.
It’s like having a big bag of candy, but only eating a few pieces every day so it lasts a long time.
We want to make sure we use resources, like water and trees, carefully, so we don’t run out of them, and we don’t hurt the Earth.
When we use things in a sustainable way, we help keep the Earth healthy and happy for a long time.
What is pollution?
Pollution is when harmful things make the Earth dirty and unhealthy for plants, animals, and people.
It happens when people use too much energy or chemicals, or throw trash in the wrong places. Pollution can make the air, water, and land bad for us and the Earth.
We need to take care of the Earth and reduce our pollution so it stays healthy for everyone and everything that lives on it!
Have fun with our free Earth Day scavenger hunt too!
What is carbon footprint?
Carbon footprint is like the trail of dirty footprints you make when you walk in the mud.
It’s the mark that people and things leave on the Earth by using energy, like when we drive cars or use electricity.
We can reduce our carbon footprint by using less energy, like turning off the lights when we leave a room, or by using clean energy, like solar power.
When we reduce our carbon footprint, we help keep the Earth clean and healthy for everyone and everything that lives on it!
Even more Earth Day activities
If you are looking for even more Earth Day coloring opportunities check out our free Earth Day bookmarks printable.
The Earth Day movement has created 12 online quizzes for you to take to see how much you know about:
- Climate & Emissions
- Individual Action
- Conversation & Restoration
What about downloading our 10 free Earth Day writing prompts perfect for elementary and middle school-aged children.
Favorite Earth Day books for kids
We always add books to our studies and these are the best Earth Day books for kids:
Earth Ninja: A Children’s Book About Recycling, Reducing, and Reusing (Ninja Life Hacks)The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling (Little Green Books)I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (Little Green Books)Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the EarthOne Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the GambiaThe Story of Climate Change: A first book about how we can help save our planet
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Download the free printable Earth Day coloring sheets
Last Updated on 13 October 2023 by homeschoolof1