Activity Introduction

Consumption toys hero.jpgQuick summary: This activity is designed to encourage children to think about consumption and provides opportunities to consider options to buying things new. Swapping or trading things they no longer want or need in order to get something ’new’. Younger children will be supported to understand the concept of swapping and older children will have the opportunity to host and participate in a ‘swap party’.

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 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

2.  Children develop their emerging autonomy, interdependence, resilience and sense of agency

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

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

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

1. Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing

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

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

5. Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking


Equipment needed: You will need a collection of items for swapping.; Tokens, buttons or tickets; paper and crayons or pencils for making labels / signs; tables; mirrors; batteries; party music, clothes racks and hangers.

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Teacher Worksheet

Background information

Content information for educators: We all love having new stuff. But does it matter if it’s not new new? Isn’t it still new if it’s just new to you? How new does it need to be? What if you knew if wasn’t new? What are we talking about…? We’re talking about sharing or swapping! Swapping is a simple form of exchange, where people trade one item for another. Choosing to swap unwanted items, rather than throwing them away, is great for the environment (and your budget) because it saves:

  • Items from ending up in landfill and taking up valuable space
  • Energy and resources that would have been used to dispose of that item
  • Money because there is no need to buy new things

Switching our habits from shopping to swapping or buying second-hand can make a BIG difference to the amount of waste we create.

There are lots of opportunities for your service to get involved. You could set up swaps amongst your networks, particularly if you can tap in to resources through f

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