You can do any of these tasks, in any order (but we've suggested a timetable).
Take as long as your little ones want for each task, let them use their imaginations!
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Hello again! My name is Gemma and I am a children’s author, teacher and a mum. If your family are anything like mine, they will create a LOT of rubbish! What do you do with your rubbish? Do you put it in a special bin at home? Today we are thinking all about recycling – that is where we sort our rubbish so that it can be reused again which is fantastic for our environment! Join me today for some fun activities which will make you look at rubbish in a different way.
In order to recycle our rubbish we have to know what material it is made from. First, I will share some examples of my rubbish and show you how I sort it into plastic, paper and card, metal and glass. Then have a go at sorting your own rubbish at home with your grown up.
This activity will help your child to sort and classify materials. They will gain an understanding that everything is made from different materials and that those materials have different properties. Encourage vocabulary such as stretchy, transparent, opaque, rigid, smooth, malleable, flexible when describing the rubbish that you have.
Make a 'Rot Pot'
For this activity we will be using some of our garden and food waste to make lovely compost which we can use to grow gorgeous plants. It is super easy to make and I am sure you will have what you need at home already.
This activity will require some adult help with cutting. Talk to your child about the materials we are using and why they are important. Can they follow the repeating pattern that we use to make the compost? Think about what lovely plants you will grow when the compost is ready in a few weeks. Remember to keep watching it to notice changes!
Now we are going to use some of our cardboard rubbish to make something new. Find a box, the biggest you can get and think about what it could be? Here are some ideas.
What will you make today?
This activity is fantastic for imaginative play. It also allows the children to think about the designing and making elements of the project as they consider the best way to join the parts and create the shapes and details that they need. Guide them through this process and they will learn so much.
Make a 'Fairy House'
Find a milk container at home and let’s transform it into a home for a special family of fairies! Remember to ask a grown up to help you with cutting as you will need a sharp pair of scissors. There are instructions here for you to follow.
This activity will help your child to make a small world play house for them to use. Try adding little figures to the house to act out stories. You could talk to your child about the shapes that are used for the windows too.