Need a fun activity for Earth Day for kids? Grab our free printable Earth Day scavenger hunt and get searching around your neighborhood or school for planet friendly items!
Our PDF is designed so that kids can color each item as they find it and we’ve got some extra Earth Day challenges for kids on it that they can complete too.
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Free Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
This fun scavenger hunt is the perfect excuse to get out and about this Earth Day, going for a walk around your neighborhood or around your school while you look for the items on our list.
Earth Day and environmental issues are something that lots of kids are naturally interested in so why not encourage that?
This printable activity is also a great way to open up conversations with your kids for example why might a canvas bag be better for the planet than a plastic bag or about using reusable bottles.
You can print our Earth Day printables out as many times as you like so as well being a great option for at home they’re also ideal for use in classrooms or with youth groups like scouts.
If you’d prefer to try an activity which looks more at nature then check out our outdoor scavenger hunt which still has items to color but focuses on things like leaves and bugs instead.
What Is Earth Day?
Earth Day is an annual event that’s held to help celebrate and protect the planet. National Geographic Kids has a really good kid friendly article about the history of Earth Day and how kids can be a planet hero if you’d like to read more about it.
When Is Earth Day?
Earth Day takes place each year on April 22nd.
What Do You Need For A Scavenger Hunt?
To do this scavenger hunt the most important thing is of course a copy of the hunt itself! You can print this onto normal white printer paper or onto cardstock if you need something a little sturdier.
Going outside? You might want to grab a clipboard to clip your printout onto, especially if it’s wet outdoors.
Because this scavenger hunt is one that you color you’ll also need something to color in with so make sure you grab some crayons, markers or coloring pencils.
If you’d like to give any prizes to people for completing the scavenger hunt or as a reward for finding the most items then how about choosing something like seeds that kids can plant at home?
Do I Need To Find Everything On The List?
As the printable has a few items on it that I know I wouldn’t find near my own home (I’m not sure if I’d see a solar panel locally) then I would personally use this sheet more as a challenge to see how many you can find and to maybe open discussions on what else might be good to have in future – for example if you don’t have rechargeable batteries they’re a really simple change that people can make.
Earth Day Scavenger Hunt List of Items
Here’s what you’ll be looking out for on your scavenger hunt:
- Recycling Symbol
- Reusable Bottle
- Electric Car
- Recycling Bin
- Solar Panels
- Metal Straw
- Rechargeable Battery
- Energy Saving Bulb
- Rain Barrel
- Canvas Bag
The PDF also has a few bonus Earth Day activities on it; help out where you are encouraged to find a piece of litter and put it in the bin, give back where you can find something that can be composted and a final bonus activity of finding something that you can recycle.
More Earth Day Activities
Our paper recycling craft uses scrap paper and our free recycling symbol template for an easy craft idea that’s perfect for Earth Day.
This torn paper Earth craft is another great way to reuse any old scrap paper and it uses our free printable earth template to help make it easier for you to prepare as well.
I love sharing free printables and these recycling activity sheets are perfect if you are doing a lesson on recycling in your classroom or just if it’s a topic you want to look at a little more at home.
Earth Day Books
There are loads of great books about sustainability, our planet and Earth Day for kids and if it’s a subject that they’re interested in then I think it’s a great thing to encourage.
These are some of the ones that I think look great, either to borrow from your local library or as a parminant addition to your collection.
- Trees Make Perfect Pets by Paul Czajak – A gorgeous looking story about a girl who chooses to keep a pet tree called Fido.
- This Class Can Save the Planet by Stacy Tornio – this book looks like a great option for schools giving actionable ideas students can do.
- Save The Ocean by Bethany Stahl – a story about a mermaid and a sea turtle that helps teach kids about sea pollution.
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