DON’T FORGET, IT’S EARTH DAY!
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not.”
If you have preschool aged or older (esp) children you can incorporate Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax into a science lesson about pollution.
Read The Lorax. Engage the children, as much as they are able, in a discussion about pollution.
Talk about how trees, plants, people, doggies, etc need clean air to breath and be healthy.
Tell them: You can’t see air but it is all around us.
Practice breathing in and out. That stuff that you can’t see? That’s air!
Air activity: give each child a straw and a cotton ball and set on a table or the floor. Have children get down on the level of the cotton ball and have children blow through the straw to move the cotton ball. That, is air!
Tell them: If air is dirty then it won’t be good to breathe and could make us sick.
What do you think dirty air looks like? Listen to answers.
Activity: On a piece of construction paper, allow child to draw or paint what they think dirty air might look like. Discuss.
Ask children: How can we keep our air clean and not dirty so we can breathe it and stay healthy? Accept and discuss answers.
Answer: Planting trees or plants or flowers are ways to clean the air.
Activity: plant a tree outside or plant grass in cups, etc.
Watch the plant grow and discuss growth. This project could be extended days or weeks to watch the grass/plant grow!
I cannot stress how important it is for the little ones to learn to take care of the planet. It’s the only one we’ve got!
I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
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