This eco-focus is all about reducing litter in your centre. A good place to start is by joining our Waste Warriors Art Competition. There are also lots of other activities below! Let's get your centre recycling, reducing, reusing and refusing!
Early Years Learning Framework
2.4 - Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment
4.1 - Children develop dispositions for learning
5. Ongoing learning and reflective practice
3. Learning through play
CHALLENGE: WASTE WARRIORS ART COMPETITION
Collected rubbish items
Glue or tape
large canvas or cardboard to make artwork on
1 hour classroom session for making artwork - Step 2
10 to 20 minutes for Step 3
HOW IT WORKS
Collect some common rubbish items if safe and hygienic to do so. Some common rubbish items include juice poppers, food wrappers, paper etc.
Give your kids some of these litter items and allow them to create an artwork with it that tells a story about the effects of litter on local environments. There are plenty of ways to do this! Kids can individually make an art work or why not create a large piece of art together?
After creating the artwork, talk to the kids about litter and the effects it has on our local marine and wild life - you could read the EcoMarines book that tell the story of Eco-Ranger Sarah! Ask the kids to try to ensure these litter items do not end up in bins or around the centre.
Display your artwork somewhere in your centre! Take a photo of this Waste Warrior display and send it in to us! Your centre could go in the draw to win a special prize!
CHALLENGE: CONTAINERS FOR CHANGE
Does your centre have a containers for change refund scheme? If not, then this might be a challenge for you!
Set up and area in your centre where kids and staff can put their empty bottles and containers.
Educate your kids and staff about what can and cannot go in the containers for change bin!
Get your centre using the bin!
Once your bin is full, choose what to do with the funds! These could be put towards an environmental project in the centre, a local charity or anything else you choose. EcoMarines is a registered charity with Containers for Change and we would welcome any donations to help us grow! Our code is C10041492 if you would like to donate.
The Containers for Change website has more information on what type of containers are accepted, and where to return them.
Create a poster with your kids about the items allowed in the bin! Send us a copy of the poster and your centre will go in the draw to win brand new Containers for Change Bins thanks to Community Co Recycling.
ACTIVITIES ABOUT WASTE REDUCTION AND LITTER
Do you have recycling bins in your centre? How many do you have?
Did you know there are 6 streams of recycling? Check out our special recycling page for more info!
You can create a recycling station at your centre with bins for each stream. Most local recycling centres will take these items, so make sure you have a team member or a parent who is willing to take this recycling to the right place.
The most important aspect of creating a recycling station is educating your centre staff and children. A great idea is to allow children to make posters of what can and cannot go in each recycling bin!