Quick summary: Kids think about waste and why it doesn’t belong in nature. They will start a journal to observe their local nature and record waste. They can use this information to enlist their local community in a Clean Up event.
This is a great activity to do together as a family.
Ideal for: Early learning, Foundation to Year 3.
- fresh air
- think and connect
Time required: 20+ minutes
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? Find out more about how we can rethink waste here.
About Clean Up Australia: For over 30 years, Clean Up Australia has been working to address the issue of waste in Australia by raising awareness about waste and engaging individuals and communities in Clean Up events to remove litter from our environment. A Clean Up event is a great way to inspire children to learn about the impact of waste on their local environment while playing an active role in their community. You can choose to hold an event on Schools Clean Up Day, or on any day of the year. To register your event or to find out more, click here.
Safety advice: Talk to your kids about being safe with waste with advice such as:
- always check with an adult before you pick up waste—some types of waste are sharp or too dangerous to pick up
- if you do pick up some waste, make sure you wash your hands afterwards
- it’s better to try and pick up waste with gloves or with tongs if you can
- try to make sure any waste goes into the right bin—you will talk about this more in the next part of this activity!
- Outcome 2.4
- Outcome 4.1
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