10 Easy Earth Day Crafts for Preschoolers to Improve Fine Motor Skills

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Earth Day is a pretty big deal, and what better way to celebrate it than by crafting with your favorite little people? Not only will it get them talking about the holiday, but it’s also a sneaky way to help develop their fine motor skills.

From hand-eye coordination to grip, hand strength, and dexterity….these activities have it all. So, if you’re looking for some fun and easy Earth Day crafts for preschoolers, you’ve come to the right place!

Earth Day crafts for preschoolers and Earth day fine motor activities.

So, get ready to get crafty and save the planet – one hole punch at a time.

The first three spring crafts for preschoolers that I am going to share are from my Earth Day Fine Motor Craft Activities set. These easy Earth Day crafts for preschoolers were designed to help kids build fine motor skills.

Earth Day Fine Motor Crafts by Early Learning Ideas
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Listen…. I know that crafts have a bad reputation in the preschool world. But I’m here to tell you that there are many benefits of crafts for preschoolers. In fact, crafts provide an exciting, motivating, and meaningful way to work on fine motor skills, and I bet you have noticed that today’s kids are struggling with their fine motor skill abilities.

I’m NOT telling you to replace process art activities with crafts, but I am saying that fine motor crafts do have a place in the preschool classroom….and I know that you are going to love these printable fine motor crafts because they were designed to help kids build fine motor skills.

Now, let’s take a look at some fun and easy Earth Day crafts for preschoolers.

Earth Day Recycling Truck Craft

Get ready to hit the road with this adorable recycling truck activity. I think it’s just a perfect project for Earth Day! Don’t you think?

recycling truck or garbage truck Earth Day fine motor craft for preschoolers that will help kids build fine motor skills.

This craft is more than just cutting and pasting – it’s a full-on fine motor skills activities workout!

The great thing about this printable cutting and pasting activity is that it can be easily adapted to suit the needs of children with different abilities. The fine motor craft has two printing options. There is a one-page no-prep option. You can print it out, give it to your kids….and go. They can color, cut, snip, punch, and assemble it.

one page no-prep recycling truck or garbage truck  printable Earth day craft and fine motor activity for preschoolers

The other printing option allows you to customize the activity for kids with different fine motor abilities. You can print each of the parts on separate pieces of paper. This gives you the ability to print pages on different paper colors.

recycling truck Earth Day craft for preschool and kindergarten printed on teal, purple, and green paper.

Also, if your kids aren’t ready to cut out all the pieces, you can cut and prep some of the pieces for them and let them cut some of the simpler pieces.

Your kids will get plenty of cutting practice as they cut out the different parts of the truck on the heavy black line. The printable has some dotted lines that kids can trace. This pre-writing activity will help them develop finger control and strength while holding a crayon.

recycling truck Earth Day fine motor activities and crafts

But that’s not all – there are even printed circles on the garbage truck. Get out your best hole punch and let your kids make holes in the circles. Hole punch activities are a great way to build hand strength…and kids LOVE using a hole punch.

recycling truck easy Earth Day fine motor activities for preschool and craft activity.

This activity is fun and engaging and provides an opportunity to teach kids about the importance of recycling and taking care of the planet.

Simple Earth Day Seedling Craft

Get ready for a crafting extravaganza with this fun seedling fine motor craft! This craft will surely keep those little hands busy, engaged, and stronger.

Easy Earth Day crafts for preschoolers - a cut and paste seedling craft that will help build fine motor skills.

Your kids will have plenty of opportunities to practice cutting, tracing, snipping, and pasting as they assemble the different parts of the craft.

cutting and snipping practice with a seedling Earth Day fine motor activity and easy Earth Day crafts for preschoolers.

And let’s not forget about the holes to punch out, which provide an excellent way to build up grip strength and hand-eye coordination.

seeding pot with holes punched out as an example of easy Earth Day crafts for preschoolers.

The finished product is a cute and colorful creation that your little ones will be proud to show off. So grab your scissors, glue, and hole punch, and get ready for some crafting fun!

Earth Craft

Spread the love for our planet with this adorable “I Love the Earth” round frame craft perfect for Earth Day!

I love the Earth printable craft - an Earth day fine motor activity and craft activity.

This craft is a great way for kids to show their appreciation for the planet while also getting in some fine motor skill practice. Kids can start by cutting out the printable craft, then trace along the dotted lines to create the frame.

But that’s not all – the frame also includes circles just begging to be punched out! This provides an excellent opportunity for kids to practice their hand-eye coordination and build hand strength.

I love the Earth printable easy Earth Day crafts for preschoolers

Once the craft is completed, kids can proudly display it on a wall or fridge to show off their love for the Earth.

Tearing Paper Earth Day Crafts

Get ready to tear things up with these fun and creative crafts that involve paper tearing! The first idea is creating artwork with torn recycled paper, which is not only a great way to reuse old paper but also a fantastic way to build hand strength. Tearing paper requires the use of the small muscles in the hands and fingers, which can help to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

a 3-D torn paper process art activity as an example of tearing paper activities for preschoolers.

The second idea involves tearing paper and pasting it onto a printable image of the Earth, which is a great way to reinforce the importance of recycling and taking care of the planet. Not only is this activity fun and engaging, but it helps build those important fine motor skills.

A printable Earth with pasted bits of torn paper on it. This is an example of tearing paper activities for preschoolers

So break out those scissors and let your little ones tear their way to stronger hands and a cleaner planet!

Flower Earth Day Craft

Flowers are also an important part of nature, so it’s only fitting to talk about flowers on Earth Day. These printable flower craft like the Earth Day crafts above are perfect for building fine motor skills!

Kids can start by cutting out the flower shape, which provides excellent cutting practice for little hands.

flower themed craft activities for Earth day

They can then use crayons for a pre-writing activity as they trace the dotted lines on the printables. Like the other activities, these also provide an opportunity to build hand strength with some hole punch activities.

Once the flowers are complete, kids can proudly display them on a bulletin board to add a touch of springtime to any room.

Additional Easy Earth Day Crafts for Preschoolers

Here are a few additional Earth Day crafts that I found around the web.

Well, I hope that you were inspired by some of these fun and easy Earth Day crafts for preschoolers.

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Earth Day Fine Motor Crafts by Early Learning Ideas

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