Around the world | an Earth day game

Celebrate Earth Day with your students by playing this fun game!

We took our Earth day unit outdoors on a bright and sunny day (so thankful for finally having warmer weather) and played a game called, “Around the World”…

Preparing the Game

I found two big bouncy balls at Walmart and they instantly reminded me of a globe or the earth and when the children saw them, they immediately made the connection to the earth too…

Using Teamwork

We added our two Earth day balls to our large round table cloth (because I couldn’t find my parachute – yes, it is at the end of the school year and I am totally unorganized right now) and worked together to get those balls bouncing…


Other Variations

And after a little bit of parachute play, we switched the game and played Around the World by passing our balls around the circle…

Having fun Outdoors

Spending time passing a big bouncy ball around a circle may not seem all that challenging but add the wind and trying to keep track of two balls at the same time and this proved to be quite challenging for our preschoolers. They spent just as much time chasing the balls down to bring them back to the circle as they did passing them around the circle…

Building Gross Motor Skills

And after we played “Around the World” we started passing the balls across the circle. The children had to call out a name and pass the ball to that person. Again – lots of bouncing, passing, and chasing down the balls! A super fun way to burn off a little Earth day energy and work on those ball handling skills!

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Links to Grow On

Roll the Ball Relay by Teach Preschool

Backyard Ball Run by Learning Through the Clutter

Ball Games for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Indirect Observations

By |2018-12-21T21:59:20+00:00April 16th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

One Comment

  1. Eddie - The Usual Mayhem April 16, 2013 at 9:48 am - Reply

    This is a fun idea! I bet they were ready for a quiet activity after all that running around, too!

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