Quick summary: This activity is designed to show children where our paper and cardboard come from, and how using less paper and cardboard can use less trees. Children are asked to look at a range of products that come from trees – including paper, cardboard and wood – and to experiment with adding water to these products to see how they respond to water. By participating in this activity it is hoped that children understand that paper comes from trees and that we can help trees (and our environment) by recycling paper.
This lesson has been developed as part of the Schools Recycle Right Challenge for Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week. Register your lesson or other activities so they can be counted towards the national achievement and to receive other free support materials.
This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.
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
2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
Equipment needed: A range of materials made from wood, including different types of paper (newspaper, magazine paper, printing paper, coloured paper etc), cardboard (from boxes, packaging etc) and wood (different types, colours and uses).
- Cool Australia Biodiversity Toolbox
- Cool Australia Biodiversity video (see below)
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.