Creative Sustainability - The Art of Waste

Creative Sustainability - The Art of Waste

Activity 9 of 11 in this unit

  • Early Learning
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Lesson summary

Children investigate the ways that waste materials can be creatively reused. Younger children investigate some of the properties of waste materials and discuss the correct bins these materials should go into before reusing some of the materials in craft activities. Older children also investigate the properties of waste materials but then work independently or in groups to create a waste sculpture that they will then decorate.

Activity Intention:

  • This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

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Curriculum mapping

EYLF Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Learning Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials.

Learning Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
5.3 Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media

Resources required

  • A range of waste materials, such as cardboard boxes of various sizes, plastic containers and bottles, cans, aluminium foil and plastic wrap, scrap paper, and paper and plastic bags. Ensure that sharp edges and loose parts have either been removed or securely fastened.
  • A range of art tools such as Grasp Crayons, Jumbo Colour Pencils, Connector Paint Box, Connector Pen Colour Markers and Jumbo Connector Pens.
  • Modeling clay, glue and sticky tape.

Additional info

Faber-Castell has long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. It is also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experiences throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.

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