I have been looking forward to sharing a new book with you, Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth by Patty Born Selly. Geared toward the little ones, ages 3 to 8, this book is full of 100 activities for exploring nature and learning about our environment, all in a playful, discovery-centered way.
Thanks to Patty’s knowledge and experience as an environmental educator, each chapter begins with information on a variety of environmental topics, such as air quality, recycling, and climate change. This information is followed by an assortment of activities to explore the topic with kids. I love the hands-on, easy-to-implement ideas throughout the book!
Even my girls, who, at ages 8 and 10, are a little beyond the age range for this book, have tagged a bunch of activities they want to do. First up on the list: try to filter muddy water, construct a compass, and slather sunscreen on apple slices.
Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth would make a great resource for families at home, but it would also be a wonderful gift for a preschool or early elementary teacher. All the activities are tied to the National Science Education Standards, and there is a whole chapter dedicated to “greening” your school program. I’m planning to gift a copy to our parent co-op preschool for sure!
If you would like to try one of the projects from the book, I have a free activity to share with you courtesy of the publisher – download the instructions to make your own Recycling Monster. Isn’t he cute? My girls just saw this picture over my shoulder and they totally want to make monsters now!
For more nature-inspired activities, be sure to check out Patty’s blog, Small Wonders. Right now she is doing a series on 101 things to do outdoors with children. That should get you started on a great list for spring and summer playtime!
Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth is available for purchase direct from the publisher, Redleaf Press. Now though June 30th, you can use the coupon code GREENEARTH to save 30% off this title.
This book is also available at Amazon in paperback and for Kindle. Amazon has a nice preview of the book, too – lots of sample pages and activities to check out. (affiliate link)
I was provided a review copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own!