Earth Day Experiments For Kindergarten: Ideas for 2023

Katharine Hayhoe
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Earth Day is a great opportunity to teach kindergarteners about the importance of taking care of our planet.

With fun and engaging experiments, you can show children how their actions matter when it comes to preserving natural resources for future generations.

From learning about composting to exploring different types of energy sources, there are plenty of ways to help your students understand why caring for the earth is so important.

Keep reading to learn more about some creative Earth Day experiments that will have your kindergarteners excited about helping protect the environment!

Earth Day Experiments For Kindergarten


Composting is a fun and simple way to teach children about the importance of reducing waste. It’s an easy experiment that can be done at home and requires only a few materials.

Recycling materials such as paper scraps, eggshells, coffee grounds, or vegetable peels are all great items to use when composting with kids. To start off your composting experience, you will need either a large pot or bin to store your compost in. If you have access to soil outside, it would be best to dig up a small section so your child has their own little plot for their compost pile.

Once your container is ready, help them layer the bottom with twigs or straw for drainage and then add any food scraps they want to include! After adding each item remind them why we’re doing this: Compost helps us reduce our overall waste by turning organic matter into nutrient-rich soil which makes plants happy and healthy.

Encourage your child to mix the contents every day using tools like spades or shovels. They may also enjoy seeing how quickly things break down over time – make sure they know not to expect results overnight though!

Keeping track of progress visually on charts or drawings could also be another great activity for them during this process. In no time at all you’ll have rich soil full of nutrients that will help keep plants nourished throughout the season.

Creating An Eco-Friendly Garden

As we travel back in time, to when Earth Day first started in 1970, it is clear that our planet needs more care and attention now than ever before.

There are many ways kindergarteners can join the effort and create an eco-friendly garden right at home. Upcycling supplies such as old pots or buckets can be used for planting flowers or trees. Kids may even use recycled materials like newspaper and cardboard to make their own biodegradable planters.

Planting trees not only helps add oxygen to the air but also boosts biodiversity by providing a habitat for animals and insects alike. By doing so, children will develop an appreciation of nature from a young age while contributing positively to the environment around them.

The garden doesn’t need to be fancy – just start small with some soil, seeds, sunshine, and lots of love!

Exploring Different Types Of Energy

Kindergarteners can explore the different types of energy around them in exciting and fun ways! From solar power to recycling materials, they’ll learn about how nature works.

First, let’s talk about solar power. Solar panels on a building or car can turn sunlight into electricity and heat. Have your kindergarteners experiment with magnifying glasses to look at what happens when sun is focused on a surface like paper – it will start to burn! They can also create their own mini-solar oven out of recycled materials.

Next, we have recycling materials. Recycling glass, plastic, metal, cardboard and other items helps reduce pollution and saves valuable resources. Show your kids some examples of things that can be recycled such as soda cans or old toys so they understand why it’s important to do this kind of work. Involve them in sorting activities if you want them to become more engaged in the process and make sure they know which items are not recyclable.

At home, encourage children to think creatively about reusing everyday objects for new purposes – from turning empty food jars into piggy banks to making art projects out of egg cartons! Letting kids come up with their own ideas for repurposing common household items gives them an appreciation for the importance of conserving resources while having fun at the same time.

  • Making mini-solar ovens from recycled materials
  • Experimenting with magnifying glasses
  • Sorting recyclables by type
  • Turning empty food jars into piggy banks
  • Making art projects out of egg cartons
  • Creating toys out of cardboard boxes

Building A Water Filter

As we move on from exploring the different types of energy, let us now journey into building a water filter.

Picture this: our little kindergarteners are inspired to make a difference in the world and help conserve access to clean drinking water. With their hands-on exploration of upcycling materials, recycling resources and creative problem solving skills, they can become real life eco warriors!

Starting with simple objects found around the house like paper cups, bowls or even ice cube trays – these can be used as containers for collecting rainwater. Then by gathering soil, stones, cotton balls and other everyday items that come from nature’s bounty; our curious minds will piece together an effective way to filter out impurities from the collected rainwater.

The resulting potable water is then ready for use!

Next comes the fun part – discovering how much cleaner the filtered water looks compared to unfiltered water! Experiments like this not only aid our kindergartners in understanding concepts such as conservation but also give them first-hand experience in making their own filters using readily available supplies.

Who knows what kind of innovative solutions they may come up with? Let us find out together!

Making An Earth-Shaped Craft

Creating an Earth-Shaped Craft is a great way for kindergarteners to celebrate Earth Day and get creative. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. A large piece of cardboard or poster board
  2. Pencils, crayons, markers, or paints – whatever material your kindergartener would like to use
  3. Upcycling materials such as fabric scraps or old paper towel rolls
  4. Scissors and glue sticks

To start the craft, help your kindergartener draw and cut out the shape of the earth on their chosen base material with scissors. Once they have the outline completed, it’s time to decorate!

They can dye fabric pieces in blue and green hues to represent land masses, sea life, natural patterns and more. Your little one may also enjoy upcycling small materials from around the house into art pieces that will make their creation really stand out. You could even add glitter or sequins to give their project some extra sparkle.

When all of the decorations are complete, display this special Earth Day craft proudly!

Final Thoughts on Earth Day Experiments For Kindergarten

It’s important to take the time on Earth Day to teach kindergarteners about our planet and how to protect it.

Through engaging activities such as composting, creating an eco-friendly garden, exploring different types of energy, building a water filter, and making an earth-shaped craft, kids can develop a better understanding of their environment and its importance.

We must continue to educate children early on in life so that they grow up with knowledge and respect for the planet.

Our future generations depend on us doing this now!

Let’s give them every opportunity to learn more about environmental stewardship – starting with these fun experiments today.