The N2A children were encouraged to collect a variety of recycled materials as preparation prior to this activity. Some of the items which they had collected still had labels on them. The N2A children were aware that one of the clues to know if an item can be recycled is the Recycling Symbol which can be found on the item.
They also understood how to differentiate trash and recycled materials, so we moved on to “Sorting Recycled Materials” next!
Our collection is full of various items that could be recycled. The children took turns in picking an item from the bag and chose which container they thought it belonged to.
It was a little bit tricky at times and confusing to determine which container each item belonged to. In order to help the children examine and distinguish if an item is made of glass, metal, paper or plastic, questions were asked to facilitate their understanding. Examples of questions were “Is it see-through like a glass? Is it shiny like a metal? Can you rip it like a paper?”
Sorting recycled materials was one of the integral parts of recycling and teaching children on how to sort these items is like training them to be superheroes that could save our planet! 🥰