It's Earth Day storybook based activities for toddlers and preschoolers

Week 1: It’s Earth Day | Weekly Story Activity Guide

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In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, we’re kicking off our weekly story activity guide with the book, “It’s Earth Day” by Mercer Meyer.

This year’s Earth Day is a bittersweet one. Because people have been forced to stay home, it is actually helping our earth get healthier and happier. Use this week as an opportunity to talk to your little learner about how s/he is positively impacting our earth by staying home.

Quick Start Guide

  1. Read by watching the read aloud video of the story for the week.
  2. Learn by building connections between concepts from the story and your child’s world through active reading.
  3. Play one of six story extension activities to engage and build upon new concepts learned.

If you are new to TigerKubz’s Storybook-based Activity Guide, read the introduction post for more details.

Listen to the Story

It’s Earth Day Book Extension Activities

It's Earth Day book activities happy earth vs. sad earth matching game

Happy vs. Sad Earth

Sorting Activity | photo credit and activity by Totschooling


  • Have your child sort the cards based on whether it makes our earth happy or sad.
  • Bonus: do some of the happy earth cards with your child
It's Earth Day book activities - make a bag STEM challenge using recycled newspaper

Newspaper Engineering

Stem Activity | photo credit and activity by Teachers Pay Teachers


  • Newspapers
  • Tape
  • String
  • Make a bag with handles using only the materials provided.
  • Fill the bag up with items around the house to test its strength. See how you can improve it.
  • Try to make other items out of newspaper.
It's Earth Day book activities - recycling sorting activity, teach toddlers and preschoolers how to recycle

Recycling Classification

Sorting Activity


  • Any paper, metal, and plastic product
  • 3 boxes (alternatives: bags, different colored construction paper)
  • Label your boxes (1) Plastic, (2) Paper, (3) Metal.
  • Work together to sort different materials in their respective bags.
  • Have your child try it on their own.

Litter Bag

Arts and Crafts | photo credit and activity by Teachers Pay Teachers


  • Printable
  • Paper bag
  • Supplies to color in and decorate the bag
  • Print out the litter bag labels and decorate it.
  • Cut it out the labels and it on each side of the paper bag.
  • Have your child go around the house and find things that should be in the litter bag.

Make a Birdhouse

Arts and Crafts | photo credit and activity by Craft Create Cook


  • Milk carton (or other cartons will work too)
  • Birdseed
  • Paint (and other materials to decorate)
  • String
  • Using a knife or scissor, cut out windows around the carton.
  • Decorate your birdhouse and add a string at the top so it can hang off a tree.
  • Add birdseeds inside and place outside!

Cereal Box Puzzles

Number Practice | photo credit and activity by Hands on as We Grow


  • Cereal box
  • Marker
  • Cut out the face of the cereal box and write numbers on the back side.
  • Draw puzzle lines around each number so it can be self correcting; cut along the lines you drew.
  • Put the puzzle together by placing the numbers in order or flip the pieces over to put the cereal box picture together.

Read. Learn. Play.

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