Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This activity has been designed to support early learning centres joining in Enviroweek. By participating in this activity, children will be given the opportunity to learn more about reducing, reusing and recycling (the “3 Rs”). Students will take action to reduce their waste footprint.

This activity is designed to help connect children to the environment through sensory and play-based learning.

Enviroweek LogoFollowing this lesson plan is an ideal way for your centre to take part in Enviroweek. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing educators and teachers 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

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

3. Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

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


Equipment needed:

  • Access to Jack Johnson’s 3Rs song, which can be found here: 3Rs Song – Please note that this song’s copyright belongs to the artist. Permission is granted to use it for non-profit, educational purposes only. Commercial use is strictly prohibited. The source for this song: Honolulu Department of Environmental Services. The lyrics for this song are in the “Student Worksheet” part of this resource.
  • A range of waste materials, such as tin cans, soft drink bottles, bottle lids, plastic tubs, paper, newspapers, magazines, corks, boxes, milk cartons etc. Make sure that all waste is clean and that sharp edges have been covered with masking tape OR the 3Rs flashcards.

Supporting resources:

  • Find out which items can be recycled in your area. Contact your local council for information on what is accepted in your area.

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Waste from Cool Australia on Vimeo.


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:

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is to encourage children to learn about the 3Rs - reduce, reuse and recycle. Children are asked to think creatively about how waste materials can be reused before they go into the bin.

Content information: 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.

  1. All the raw materials required to make the goods we use come from finite resources. This means resources that cannot be replaced or regenerated once they run out. Recycling means we can use items made from finite resources over and over again.
  2. 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 from raw materials saves 95% of the energy that is used when making the can from scratch. What about paper? Sure we can always grow
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Student Worksheet

The 3 Rs Song 

Words and music by Jack Johnson

Three! It’s a magic number. Yes it is. It’s a magic number.

2 times 3 is 6 … and 3 times 6 is 18 …

And the 18th letter in the alphabet is “R”.

We got 3 Rs we’re going to talk about today.

We got to learn to…

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

If you’re going to the market to buy some juice,

Bring your own bags and you’ll learn to REDUCE your waste.

You got to REDUCE your waste!

If your brother or your sister's got some cool clothes,

Try them on before you buy some more of those. REUSE!

You got to learn to REUSE!

And if the first 2 Rs don’t work out,

And if you got to make some trash don’t throw it out…RECYCLE!

You got to learn to RECYCLE!

You got to learn to… Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

Because three! It’s a magic number. Yes it is. It’s a magic number.


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