8 Free Online Earth Day Games

A fun way to teach kids how to save the earth

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

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

For hundreds of unique online games that aren't necessarily Earth Day themed, see our favorite online game websitestime wasters, car games, preschool games, and typing games.

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Michael, Michael, Go Recycle!

Screenshot of the Michael Michael Go Recycle game
FunnyGames

What We Like

  • Fun for young kids.

  • Decent graphics.

What We Don't Like

  • Can't pause the game.

  • No volume control.

  • Requires Adobe Flash.

You become Michael and walk through the park doing your best to pick up and recycle trash.

Move Michael around the park with the arrow keys and walk over a piece of litter to pick it up. You can only hold five pieces of litter at once, so find a waste bin to put the litter in so you can pick up more.

Watch out for the those litterbugs though, they sure can make a mess!

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Plan It Green

Screenshot of the Plan It Green game
Primary Games

What We Like

  • Very interactive.

  • Aimed towards older kids.

What We Don't Like

  • Needs Flash to run.

  • Can't save progress and return later.

Plan It Green is a city building game. You're the mayor of the town and have to make the city as green as possible. 

This is a point-and-click game. You select what to build, like solar panels and recycling bins, and what to destroy to make a cleaner and more sustainable town.

This is a fun Earth Day game for older kids that will really help teach them about living green.

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Every Day Is Earth Day

Screenshot of the game called Every Day Is Earth Day
Starfall

What We Like

  • Interactive animation-style game for kids.

  • Instructions are very clear.

  • Doesn't require Adobe Flash.

What We Don't Like

  • Can't disable sounds.

  • Really short gameplay.

Every Day is Earth Day is great for younger kids. Click on litter along the river and then move the mouse over the paper, cans, or plastic bucket to drop the item in the right place.

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.

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Landfill Bin

Screenshot of the Landfill Bill game
Primary Games

What We Like

  • Helps you learn waste management.

  • Fast-paced gameplay.

What We Don't Like

  • No pause option.

  • Flash is necessary.

In Landfill Bin, you get to sort the recycling that comes across the conveyor belt into the correct recycling bin, but you better do it fast or the ground will become covered in garbage!

As you play, items come across the conveyor belt even quicker, and the more things you're able to place in the bin, the higher your points will be.

You use your mouse to throw the waste across the yard and into the bins.

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Recycle!

Screenshot of the Recycle! game
Primary Games

What We Like

  • Ideal for younger kids.

  • You can't actually lose.

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't work without Flash.

  • It's hard to play quickly.

In Recycle!, you sort glass, paper, and plastic into the right recycling bins, but you're on a one minute timer.

When a bin lights up (whether it be the glass, paper, or plastic bin), you must choose the right item that belongs in that specific recycle bin. 

Incorrect choices don't affect your score. Your goal is to earn as many points as you can in 60 seconds.

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Earthday Crossword

Screenshot of an Earth Day crossword puzzle game
Shephard Software

What We Like

  • Perfect for older kids.

  • Website has other Earth Day games.

What We Don't Like

  • Only one set of clues.

  • Can't auto-solve just one question.

Fill out this crossword puzzle to test your knowledge of Earth Day. The goal is to fill out the whole board.

If you pick the right word, the word will change color.

There's only one set of question, but the website also has memory games, puzzles, painting games, and other word games that are all centered around Earth Day. 

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Recycle Roundup

A screenshot of the game Recycle Roundup
National Geographic

What We Like

  • Doesn't need Flash.

  • Awesome graphics.

What We Don't Like

  • Too fast-paced for kids.

  • Missing a pause option.

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

Recycle Roundup teaches kids what items can be recycled and which items truly belong in the trash.

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Hug a Tree Jigsaw Puzzle

Hug a Tree Earth Day Jigsaw Puzzle

What We Like

  • A game for all ages.

  • Relaxing with no time limit.

What We Don't Like

  • Adobe Flash is required.

  • Very little space to maneuver pieces.

This free Earth Day game is simple: complete the jigsaw puzzle!

Instead of recycling like the other games in this list, you'll create a picture of kids hugging a tree by arranging the 12 puzzle pieces.

This game plays like any other jigsaw puzzle. Just drag the pieces onto the puzzle area to lock them into place and create the picture you see above.