Maria Montessori believed in giving children experiences in nature. In Montessori education, Earth Day principles are a natural part of everyday learning. Still, Earth Day is commonly observed in many Montessori Schools as an extra way to show respect for the earth and to build community.
Earth Day is April 22, making April a great time to combine a study of the earth with Earth Day activities. If you sign up for my mailing list, you’ll receive a free Montessori geography album created by Karen Tyler from Worldwide Montessori Online. The album contains 177 pages of geography activities to help preschoolers through early-elementary-age children understand the earth and their place on it.
Paint Your Own Earth Activity:
Paint Your Own Earth (the lovely activity in the photos) is from My Montessori Journey. This is a great activity after children are introduced to the Montessori land and water activity. If you don’t have access to the template from KidsSoup, here’s a royalty-free public domain clip art image that could be printed out and used to paint the land:
To download the earth image, click here, then right click on the image and choose “Save Picture As . . .”
And here’s the link to a black and white coloring page of the earth from DLTK’s Crafts for Kids.
More Earth Day Ideas from Montessorians:
Montessori-Inspired Fun with Land and Water Forms (my post – not an Earth Day activity but helpful if you’re combining a study of the earth before or along with Earth Day activities)
Earth Day from Montessori Mom
Montessori Practical Life Activity for Earth Day, Celebrating Earth Day in the Montessori Community, and Earth Day 2009: Celebrating Peace and Environmental Awareness in the Montessori Classroom from North American Montessori Center
Montessori Community-Building Activities for Earth Day and Earth Day Inspirations from Montessori Writer
There are wonderful Earth Day ideas from educators around the world online. I’ve started a list of Earth Day activities at our Living Montessori Now community. Although they’re not all Montessori activities, they’re great ways to celebrate Earth Day at home or school. Please add any Earth Day posts or ideas you have to our community discussion!
UPDATE: I also have a free Montessori printable for Earth Day – 3-Part Recycle Cards!