Earth Day Trash Sorting Practical Life Activity

Earth Day is an important calendar event that we celebrate annually. Reminding us of environmental protection by committing ourselves in doing our share to take care of our Mother Earth. To take part in this event, I prepare this fun activity for preschoolers ages 3 to 6. Below you can find photos of four trash sorting activity. It is categorized into four different elements of waste we normally dispose of on a regular basis such as Aluminum, Plastic, Compost, and Paper/Cardboard. 

I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.”-Mother Teresa


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Normally in a Montessori homeschool setting, we focus basically on practical life activities such as kitchen activities, proper care of the environment, self-care and other activities that enhance a child’s small muscles. There is another important activity to practice with your child- and that is “Proper disposal of trash” at home. This life skill activity is paramount to avoid the spread of bacteria that results in a certain kind of disease. When teaching your little one this proper sorting of trash, it is highly important to model this habit at home. By doing this trash sorting activity with your child, you’re not only teaching them a very valuable practical life lesson but also you’re preparing them to be a responsible and mindful member of the community.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw

img_9258I got this fun activity sorting set at our local Dollar Tree store and found a way to use this activity repeatedly. I like to reuse materials as much as I can to eliminate waste. These elements/objects to sort are all stickers. Here’s another set of photos of work in the process.

img_9084This activity goes into our practical life activities. Laminating, as usual, to prolong the use of our learning materials!


I stick all the objects on a white stock paper, laminate it and cut into pieces. Now your kids are ready to sort!




Take a look at our finished sorted recycling trash bins. Hope this activity inspires your kids to practice trash sorting in a fun way! You can follow us at Instagram for more learning activities designed for preschoolers 3 to 6-year-olds.

“The child who has felt a strong love for his surroundings and for all living creatures, who has discovered joy and enthusiasm in work, gives us reason to hope that humanity can develop in a new direction.”

Maria Montessori -The Secret of Childhood

Learning Resources:

What Happens to Our Trash?

Why Should I Recycle? 

Recycling! (Helping Hands Series)

I Am Earth: An Earth Day Book for Kids