Earth Day math activities for preschoolers are just what you need this April! Be sure to check out our ever-growing collection of math activities for preschoolers for even more help planning your math lessons.
Any day is a good day for math in preschool, right? Young children are always counting and sorting and making patterns. Special days can make math even more engaging with unique learning invitations.
You can incorporate some Earth Day math into your spring lesson planning with free printables, recyclables, and even natural items. This will allow your students to explore early math skills as they celebrate a day focused on caring for our planet.
Earth Day Math Activities for Preschoolers
You can help your preschoolers become little Earth advocates as they get hands-on with these Earth Day math activities. Choose from the variety of ideas below to practice number recognition, counting, 1-to-1 correspondence, geometry, and more!
So what do you need for these Earth Day math activities? Depending on the project, you may already have everything you need.
If you don’t have the exact supplies an activity calls for, see if you can substitute with something else you have on hand. Otherwise, here are some handy links to materials you can pick up to use with your Earth Day activities! I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post.
- Foam number stickers
- Play dough
- Glass vase filler
- Permanent markers
- Chalk markers
- Dry erase markers
- Washable paint
- Wood trays
- Pom poms
- Laminating sleeves
Earth Day Math
These math activities are all Earth Day-themed, and will give the kids a bit of math practice and information about Earth Day. You can use them as a starting point to discuss the environment and all things Mother Earth while they also get mathy!
These Earth Day math games add an element of fun to subtraction while your preschoolers play along.
Duplo and color sorting meet dump trucks for this Earth Day color sorting activity that is naturally engaging for preschoolers!
Use these free Earth Day number mats with the children to practice various number activities in Earth Day style!
The kids will enjoy using this simple Earth Day color by code printable as a creative way to get a little extra math skill practice.
This Earth Day math sensory bin will wow the kids with its earth-hued-dyed rice, and they will be reusing plastic eggs while they practice their numbers.
Earth Day Math Activities Using Recyclables
The perfect way to reinforce Earth Day concepts and protecting the environment is to use recyclables in activities with preschoolers. Talk about reusing items as they work on these math activities, and you’ll be able to open up a dialogue about the importance of recycling and how it benefits our planet.
Cardboard shapes can be used for a ton of math activities, and you no doubt already have some boxes lying around, waiting to be used!
Building number sense is quick and easy to set up with this paper tube number matching game.
Gather up your paper tube stash for this number recognition and ordering math activity. You’ll love all the ideas here!
Shape printing with paper tubes is an excellent way for the kids to learn about shapes while engaging in process art!
This math activity gives wee ones a chance to practice learning numbers in order with recycled paper tubes.
Nature Math Activities for Preschoolers
Combining nature with math is a sure-fire way to reinforce the importance of protecting the Earth while they learn. Whether you are doing math activities outdoors or using natural materials to teach math concepts, nature is the star of these activities.
Practice observing and creating math patterns in nature with your preschoolers – without using anything but nature! They’ll be making patterns all the time after this activity!
This nature find and count math activity is part scavenger hunt, part math practice your kids will have a blast doing!
Boost your child’s math skills with nature patterns as they have a blast working in the great outdoors with nature materials.
Take pattern-making a step further with the kids with this symmetrical pattern making with natural materials activity that can be done just about anywhere.
Take the math outside to practice numbers in all sorts of ways in the fresh air! These outdoor number activities can be used with groups or alone, and can be modified however you want!
What Day is Earth Day?
Ever since 1970, Earth Day has fallen on April 22. In case you’re wondering, like I was, why this particular date was chosen, I also have an answer for that! It’s because the date fell between colleges’ spring breaks and final exams. This was important, as the organizers wanted to encourage the participation of college students at Earth Day’s inception.
If you want more in-depth information about Earth Day, you can reference its official website.
Earth Day Lesson Plans
Planning meaningful lessons for students week after week, all while balancing other teaching responsibilities and a personal life, can be a daunting task. That’s where Preschool Teacher 101 comes in to save you time!
Preschool Teacher 101 is excited to share with you some amazing lesson plans, activity packs, and much more! We offer a wide variety of themes that are frequently used in preschool classrooms, as well as some less common (but super interesting) themes. Click on the images below to learn more about some of our Earth-themed products! They’ll be amazing additions to the Earth Day math activities for preschoolers!