Wednesday, May 26, 2010

an unusual excursion with preschoolers

Here is an idea for an excursion with preschoolers that you might not have thought of:  your local recycling centre.  Yes, that's right - we take our kids to the tip (or dump for my northern hemisphere friends).

Our local tip - Kimbriki - has an education centre dedicated to  exploring how to live in a more sustainable way.

There is an amazing organic garden and Eco House constructed primarily from materials recovered from the Kimbriki site, otherwise destined for Kimbriki’s landfill.

Our kids love the tip!  They see the huge volumes of waste, recyclables and recycled materials as well as large trucks, loaders and other machinery:
They get to hold handfuls of wiggly squirmy worms:

And to learn how to look after our worm farm at preschool:

They learn all about how important it is to recycle our waste at home and at preschool:

They get to smell, taste and touch all of the edible plants in the eco garden:

And to try their hand at composting:

And then they get their hands dirty in the no dig garden:

With lots of wonderful hands-on, interactive experiences (and big trucks, can't forget the big trucks!) our tip is a wonderful place for children to visit, and to learn about caring for our world.


  1. My boys would love to visit a local recycling center. What a wonderful way to combine an interest in trucks, dirt and the like with learning about the importance of recycling.

  2. I once worked with a pre-school child who was waste mad. He knew everything about litter, waste, recycling, the lot.

    A very interesting follow up is to take the children to a supermarket and let them see which food is packaged and which food isn't and what's recyclable. Trying to find food that one can buy unpacked in a UK supermarket is quite a challenge.

  3. That does look like a fun field trip. You've given me some research to do, Jenny!

  4. Wow Jenny what fancy tips you have in New South Wales. Our local tips STINKS ... literally!
    Donna :) :)
    P.S. I love that the 'hair roller tower boy' was right in the thick of things! hee hee! :)

  5. I wish our local "tip" was like yours!! Like Donna and Sherry's ours stinks and there is no fun squirmy worms or no dig gardening to do :) But rest assured I will mention this to them when we drop off our recyclables next time. Think of all they could be doing to promote a green, healthy life style :) Maybe they just need to know it CAN be done :) Thanks for the post!!

  6. Oh, our tip still smells. If these were smell-o-photos you would get the idea! But it is still a wonderful resource, despite the aroma!

  7. So many learning opportunities there. I tried to click on the link for the tip but couldn't get it to work.

  8. Thanks PlanningQueen, I'll check it out.

  9. Great idea!! I don't know that I ever would have thought of it!!

  10. I can't take credit :) Apparently visiting the tip was a long held traditon :) The fellow who runs the eco-garden had kids at our school, so it is all in the family so to speak.

  11. Our dump wasn't nearly as stinky as I was expecting! It has a extensive gas collection system that cuts way down on the smell. Definitely a fun field trip! You can read about our visit to the dump here: