Waste not, want not

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By Sally Grayearly years teacher and writer

Help to save the world with these fun recycling activities


1 All that rot!

Recycle your rubbish and make your own compost

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making Relationships

Development matters: form friendships with other children (30-50 months); value and contribute to own well-being and self-control (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: work as part of a group or class, taking turns and sharing fairly, understanding that there needs to be agreed values and codes of behaviour for groups of people, including adults and children, to work together harmoniously.

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.

Invite the children to draw pictures of the fruit and vegetables. Laminate the children’s pictures and use them as labels for the compost bin.


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