Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity, children will explore what waste is, and will think about how we should be dealing with waste. They will understand there are different bins for different types of waste, and will sing a song about putting waste in the correct bin.

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

Following this activity is an ideal way for your centre to take part in Schools Clean Up Day or a Clean Up on any day of the year. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers and educators in making a difference and creating positive environmental change.


EYLF Learning Outcome


Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination, and reflexivity

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Teacher Worksheet

Background information

Learning goals: Children understand that waste can harm our environment. They recognise that many of the things we no longer want or need can be reused or recycled, rather than going to waste.

Content information: For a long time now we've thought of waste as something that should go in the bin. But it wasn't always this way. For many years and in many cultures, things people no longer wanted or needed were turned into something else, given to someone else to use, or repaired and used again. As the waste we currently create continues to harm our environment, it's time to shift our thinking around waste again—what if we thought of waste as a resource for creating new products? Can we rethink our relationship to waste?

We're already familiar with recycling, and we know it is vital to this thinking as it means recyclables can be made into new products. As well as reducing the amount of waste that ends up in our environment, this also means we need fewer natural r

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