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.