Introducing the Layers of the Earth to Preschoolers (with Free Printable)

Monday, February 11, 2013

This topic is somewhat advanced for my 4 year old.  But you see last week, he watched an episode of  The Backyardigans about the “Old Gushie” a volcano which is about to erupt.  The Backyardigan friends traveled down into the Earth to stop a boulder from plugging Old Gushie before it can break the Earth into half.

That’s how we ended up learning about the Earth’s layers as he was so curious of where the hot liquid lava from the volcano came from.  Materials I used were the Layers of the Earth Nomenclature Cards which I downloaded from The Helpful Garden, Layers of the Earth fact book which I made and can be downloaded for FREE (see link below) and an illustration of the Earth’s layers (colored papers).

Introducing the Layers of the Earth to Preschoolers (with Free Printable)

Here’s how my Layers of the Earth fact cards looks like.  Sorry for the blurry image, it’s been so  dark lately and I find it difficult to have a decent macro shot.

Layers of the Earth fact cards

Here he is working on the 3-part cards and the fact cards.

Working on the Layers of the Earth Learning Material

Working on the Layers of the Earth Learning Material

If you’d like to have a copy of the fact cards, you can click the picture below to download it for free.

FREE Layers of the Earth Fact Cards

We also made Sun and Earth miniature using a Styrofoam ball. We ended up hanging them in his room when the paint dried up.


I was too tired to prepare a playdough for this lesson so I just relied on the craft papers for the demonstration.  But I promised to do it next time as I know he would love to create the layers using playdoughs.

As seen in the picture he’s labeling each layer.   I always include a writing exercise in every activity we have to improve his handwriting.

Labelling the Layers of the Earth Exercise

And later on he decided to write in “Chinese” characters as what he described it LOL.


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  1. This is a wonderful activity! I have worked with a lot of four year olds in my lifetime and I have never seen such amazing handwriting like your son's. Keep up the good work you two!! Thank you for the free printable and for sharing.

  2. What a fun study!

    Thanks for sharing and linking up to TGIF =-)

    Have a great week!

  3. Your unit studies are always fabulous, Jae! And I love the way you followed your son's interests. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful printable! I featured your printable as a Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and on Pinterest at

    1. Thank you Deb! It's always a pleasure to see my activities being featured.