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Trying to encourage recycling in your classroom? Try a fun song! This simple song and craft activity from Learn Every Day About our Green Earth will inspire your young learners to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Make this small addition to your classroom and make a big impact on the world! 


  • globe
  • pictures of the Earth (rivers, landscapes, and so on)
  • butcher paper
  • crayons or markers
  • paper circles (2 per child)
  • glue and glue stick
  • pictures of people from all over the world
  • magazines or clip art
  • small pieces of trash: plastic, paper fliers, and newspaper

What to Do:

1. Whenever anyone does anything that helps our Earth, break into song. Celebrate taking care of our Earth!

"Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" by Sandra Nagel (Tune: "Three Blind Mice")

Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Our Mother Earth we love her so.
Our Mother Earth we love her so.
Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Reduce, reuse, recycle.

2. Set out the butcher paper and give each child two large paper circles.
3. Set out the rest of the materials and encourage each child to make one version of the Earth based on what it would look like if everyone recycled and another based on what the Earth would look like if no one recycled.

Book: Learn Every Day About Our Green Earth
Center: Music & Movement
Topic: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Content: Science
Area: Cognitive
Age: 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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