NRW logo resizedrecycling bins NRW hero resizedCool Australia and Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week have created three resources to help educators connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning. This lesson has been developed as part of the Schools Recycle Right Challenge for Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week. 

 Turn your recycling efforts into classroom learning by accessing these online lesson plans and digital resources. Each lesson is aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework and includes hand-on, children-centred learning activities that are fun and engaging.

These three free-to-access lessons below cover: 

  • Waste and recycling investigations
  • Describing and sorting waste
  • Sorting waste according to size, shape, weight, colour and texture
  • Sensory exploration of paper (feel, smell, and sound)
  • Drawing the connection between paper and trees

Activities are differentiated for 0 to 2 year olds, and 3 to 5 year olds. Suggestive learning evaluation criteria included in each lesson. 

These activities will help you embed sustainability and recycling into your daily practice at your centre and in your community.


Check out the digital library for National Recycling Week – its jam packed with videos, pictures, factsheets and news articles to inspire recycling in your centre.