An eco day at primary school embraces the idea of conservation and earth-friendly living. Many themes fall under the environmental movement. Recycling, caring for the planet, respecting nature and conserving the use of water and energy represent important concepts that work well for the primary grade levels. These activities focus on being environmentally wise while considering the age level of primary students. Adapt these activities as needed to fit the available resources and students in the classroom.
Reusable cloth bags provide an eco-friendly alternative to the plastic bags that litter landfills. Decorating cloth bags provides an enjoyable and educational activity for primary students. Fabric paint allows students to create designs on the bags, which they can use for toys, games, books or other items. It also works well as a gift to parents, which may inspire them to make more environmentally friendly decisions.
A nature walk encourages kids to explore and enjoy the natural features of our world. Lead them on a walk in the community, pausing to enjoy plants, animals and other natural elements. Chances are high that you will find litter along the way. This provides an ideal opportunity to begin discussions on the importance of keeping the earth clean. Bring along some trash bags to help clean up the area.
Most primary-grade schoolchildren know some basic facts about recycling. Creating recycled crafts teaches them a new way to recycle old items. Ask parents to donate empty jars, cans, lids, paper towel tubes and other household items. These donated items become the material for classroom art projects. For an open-ended art project, allow the students to select the materials and create their own masterpieces. You can also plan structured craft projects. Ideas include a milk carton flowerpot, tin cans decorated as pencil cups or musical shakers using yoghurt containers and dried beans.
Planting flowers provides students with a chance to give back to the earth. It also provides a science lesson for them. Use milk cartons, tin cans or other recyclable containers as the flowerpots. Provide a variety of seeds for flowers and herbs, which grow easily in small pots. Help the kids plant the seeds, water them and observe the growth.
Skits incorporate educational components into a dramatic format. The earth theme works well as the basis for the skit. A brainstorming session with the kids allows them to contribute to the creation of the skit. Ideas include a simple story about someone littering, a review of eco-friendly ideas or what eco day means to the kids. Help them make scenery and costumes for the performance. Practice the skit and present it to another class or the parents.