Waste not, want not

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By Sally Grayearly years teacher and writer

original article published 8 November 2008

Help to save the world with these fun recycling activities

recycling materials

1 All that rot!

Recycle your rubbish and make your own compost

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making Relationships

Early learning goal: children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Compost bin; selection of fruit, vegetables, biscuits, crisp packets and plastic food cartons; card; coloured felt-tipped pens; laminator.

What to do

Ask the children if they know what compost is. Explain that you are going to make your own group compost by putting all uncooked fruit and vegetable waste from snack times into a compost bin. Tell the children that this is another way of recycling.

Help the children to sort the fruit, vegetables, biscuits, crisp packets and plastic cartons into groups of fruit and vegetables, other food and non-food items.

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