December 8, 2023

These nine free online Earth Day games have healthy planet themes like recycling and renewable energy sources. Kids can learn a lot while having fun.

Similar freebies the kids will like include Earth Day coloring pages they can print off and fill in at home, and printable word searches for offline engagement.

What We Like

  • Fun for young children as well as older kids.

  • Choose from easy, medium, or hard levels.

  • Intuitive drag-and drop functionality

What We Don’t Like

  • Older kids may get a little bored.

Unscramble the pieces to form a complete Earth picture. Select one piece and drag it where you think it should be to swap the two. There’s no time limit, and the game offers an easy, soothing break from the usual noisy games.

Choose from easy, medium, or hard levels, and enjoy the puzzle in any web browser.

What We Like

  • Very interactive.

  • Great for younger kids

What We Don’t Like

  • You’ll need to sit through a few ads.

Baby Hazel is a fun Earth Day game for younger children. Join Hazel and her mom as they learn about environmental issues and spread awareness about recycling to conserve natural resources. Learn about creating Earth Day crafts from discarded goods and join Hazel and her friends as they clean up a park and spread their “Go Green” message around the world.

What We Like

  • Interactive animation-style game for kids.

  • Instructions are very clear.

  • Displays zero ads.

What We Don’t Like

  • Can’t disable sounds.

  • Really short gameplay.

This is a game that’s perfect for younger kids. Select litter along the river and drag it over the appropriate bin to dispose of all the paper, cans, and plastic.

You can’t actually fail or lose. The goal is to learn different ways you can get rid of various trash. If you place the wrong item above a bin, nothing happens until you put it in the right bucket.

There are cute little bunnies and deer that you’ll see along the path.

What We Like

  • Kids can challenge themselves to a faster time.

  • Great time-filler when you need to keep the kids occupied for a few minutes.

What We Don’t Like

  • No puzzle variants after you solve the game.

Recycle It! Maze is a maze game built around the idea of guiding a group of kids who’ve just cleaned up their neighborhood to the recycling center. Kids can challenge themselves to solve the maze in less than three minutes.

Click with a mouse to start the game, then use arrow keys to make your way to the end.

What We Like

  • Ideal for younger kids.

  • Easy, fun, and cute.

  • Play as many times as you want.

  • Great way to keep a solo child occupied.

What We Don’t Like

  • Older kids might get bored.

Classic Tic Tac Toe gets an environmental twist with Flutter’s Tic Tac Toe. Your child plays with a happy butterfly named Flutter against an even happier smiley face named Dot. Click your mouse to make your moves, then tally your wins and ties.

What We Like

  • Perfect for grade-school kids.

  • Website has other Earth Day games.

  • Interactive and educational.

What We Don’t Like

  • Older kids might get bored.

In the Food Chain game, kids drag elements of various food chain levels to the right place in the chain. When everything is placed properly, the chain comes to life. The chains grow more difficult as you go, and kids can learn a great deal as they play. Study up first at the site’s food chain educational pages.

What We Like

  • Awesome graphics.

  • Some kids will love the fast gameplay.

What We Don’t Like

  • May be too fast-paced for some kids.

  • Missing a pause option.

Your new friend Gus needs your help cleaning up the park. Help him pick up the waste in under two minutes and put it in the recycling bin, trash can, or compost bin.

This game from National Geographic teaches kids what items can be recycled and which items truly belong in the trash. The in-game instructions explain which items should go where.

What We Like

  • Great for older kids.

  • Relaxing with no time limit.

  • Play over and over with the same words, hidden in new places.

What We Don’t Like

  • Younger kids might be a bit overwhelmed.

Search for Earth Day and environmental terms within the puzzle, hidden diagonally, vertically, and horizontally. Click and drag to circle a word you find, and use the timer to challenge yourself to complete the puzzle faster.

You can even download a printable word search for classroom use.

What We Like

  • Suitable for younger and older kids.

  •  Full screen mode.

  • Several difficulty options.

  • Pieces snap into place.

What We Don’t Like

  • Displays a video ad before the game starts.

If you have an older child who breezed through the first jigsaw puzzle above, have them try their hand at this one. The puzzle can be broken up into as many as 104 pieces, and the preview can be toggled off for increased difficulty.

This game includes a timer if the player wants to race against a friend or their previous score.


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