All right, so before you download and print these recycling worksheets for your preschool or classroom…let me address the irony. Yes, it seems hypocritical to offer a school activity that has a theme of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ or recycling, and said activity is on paper.
But, hang with me…what better time to present this lesson? First, if doing it with your students on paper feels wrong, do it on the whiteboard instead. But, you can also embrace the concept and use this as a teachable moment.
For example, as you are working on these recycling activities, you can talk about:
- Where paper comes from, responsibly-sourced paper and all that
- What happens to paper when you are done coloring or whatever
- Then do the math–how much paper, and how much trash, does this one activity generate?
It can really help to make the point–as far as trash, waste, and the importance of recycling.
Scroll to the bottom of this post to get the free printable–the PDF of these recycling worksheets.
Recycling Activities for Kids
This is great to do fine motor, reinforce language and much more. It’s a recycling matching worksheet for kids to match the item to what goes to recycling and what does not.
Some of these recycling worksheets have more words than pictures, to be used with preschoolers.
Lots of great discussion to be had here–why do some items not get recycled?
Reduce Reuse Recycle Worksheet
You can also “reuse” magazines (does anyone do that anymore? collect old magazines?) and cut out pictures for this activity.
Fine motor, language and much more can be reinforced with this recycling tracing worksheet.
Composting! I think that is a concept that needs to be introduced into more Earth Day and recycling conversations.
Yes! A recycling word search!
Printable Recycling Worksheets
And, Happy Earth Day!