Recycling Sorting Free Printable

Celebrate Earth Day and teach your kids about recycling with this free printable sorting activity!

Free printable Earth Day sorting activity for toddlers and preschoolers to learn about recycling and what types of objects are recyclable.
Instead of categorizing the recyclables by material, ie. plastic, glass, metal, etc, I felt it would be simpler for a young child to understand recycling in terms of everyday objects that they are already familiar with: bottles, paper, cans & boxes. They will begin to see these items as things that can be recycled.

This activity comes with 2 levels of difficulty. For toddlers and very young children, the items to be sorted are all the same as the sample picture, and the child sorts by matching. For preschoolers or older kids, the items in each category are different and the child has to first determine what each item is and then what category it belongs in.

Sorting Recyclables Free PrintableSorting Recyclables Free Printable

I recommend that you laminate and use Velcro for this activity. However, this can also be done using 4 baskets or containers and the child sorts the pictures into the correct container.

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Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a kindergartner, sharing ideas and resources for early education. She specializes in unique, hands-on printable activities that are educational, fun and inspire creativity in young minds.


  1. Wonderful! We will be learning about taking care of our earth after Easter.

  2. Great! I like to talk about recycling in my kids yoga classes near Earth Day and have the kids share how to help our planet.

  3. What a great idea! My kids have a pretty good handle on what items go in our recycling bin, but this is a wonderful resource!

    Great to see you linking up at The Thoughtful Spot!