Earth Day is such a great opportunity to teach kids about our planet! It’s also a global day of collaboration on projects like recycling, climate change, pollution and more.
If you’re using this free Earth Day word search as a great intro activity to studying Earth Day, here are some interesting facts you can include as well! Or, check out my post with 30 Earth Day facts and a free printable, too!
10 Facts About Earth Day:
- On the first Earth Day, 20 million people or 10% of the American population got involved! (source)
- The first Earth Day was the planet’s largest civic event! (source)
- Earth Day started in 1970 (making 2020 the 50th Anniversary!)
- Now, Earth Day is a global event on April 22
- Over 3.5 billion people participate in 190 countries (and counting!) (source)
- Recycling saves 3 to 5 times the energy that waste incinerator power plants generate (source)
- Half the world’s tropical and temperate forests are now gone (source)
- More than 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the United States each year (source)
- It only takes about 6 weeks total to manufacture, fill, sell, recycle, and then remanufacture an aluminum beverage can (source)
- In 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan in honor of Earth Day (source)
How To Use the Free Earth Day Word Search:
To use this free printable, just click on the image below and it’ll open in a new window.
Use this at home when teaching kids about Earth Day or in a classroom setting to explore key vocabulary.
Don’t forget to include kids in age appropriate Earth Day activities, too!
Easy Earth Day Activities for Kids:
Kids love being included in activities that improve our planet. Here are some ways you can get kids involved:
- Start going zero waste. I wrote a whole post on my favorite kitchen zero waste swaps
- Teach young kids about taking care of the planet by using this printable and more!
- Start a garden
- Organize a tree planting or garden planting party
- Organize a neighborhood clean-up.
- Or, if your neighborhood is clean, invite neighbors to a local park or area that needs some love!
- Organize a beach or lakeside cleanup (always wear gloves when cleaning outside your home!)
- Organize a recycling event at your kid’s schools
- Talk to your kids about plastic pollution and look for ways to reduce plastic use!
Download the Earth Day Word Search:
Here’s the free Earth Day word search! Click on the picture below:
I hope these ideas give you plenty to work with when planning an educational and fun Earth Day!
Have a fabulous day,