Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Children investigate the ways that waste materials can be creatively reused. Younger children investigate some of the properties of waste materials and discuss the correct bins these materials should go into before reusing some of the materials in craft activities. Older children also investigate the properties of waste materials but then work independently or in groups to create a waste sculpture that they will then decorate.

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

Faber-Castell have long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. They are also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experience throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.


EYLF Learning Outcome


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

4. 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

4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies, and natural and processed materials

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

1. Children interact verbally and non verbally with others for a range of purposes

3. Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media


Resources required:

  • A range of waste materials, such as cardboard boxes of various sizes, plastic containers and bottles, cans, aluminium foil and plastic wrap, scrap paper, and paper and plastic bags. Ensure that sharp edges and loose parts have either been removed or securely fastened.
  • A range of art tools such as Grasp Crayons, Jumbo Colour Pencils, Connector Paint Box, Connector Pen Colour Markers and Jumbo Connector Pens.
  • Modeling clay, glue and sticky tape.


The team at Cool Australia continually reviews and refines our Early Learning resources in line with expert advice and current educational practices.


Teacher Worksheet

Background information

Content information about waste: What is waste? Waste is the things we no longer want or need and it comes from most of the things that we do. We produce waste through the food and drinks we consume, the transport we use, and the things we buy. Waste also comes in excessive packaging and presentation of goods. In nature there is no waste, everything is used and reused by something else.

Recycling is one of the easiest ways of being green. All it takes is putting the right thing in the right bin. But why do it? Well, there are a number of reasons and they're all very important:

  • All the raw materials required to make any of the goods that we use come from resources that are finite, meaning that once they run out you won’t be able to get them back. Recycling means we can use these items over and over again.
  • Getting the raw materials uses more energy than recycling. In the case of aluminium cans for example, making a can from recycled materials rather than fr
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