Living in Brisbane we are lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful national parks and long stretches of coast. So, this Sunday on Clean Up Australia Day it’s important for all Aussies to get outdoors and keep our beautiful country clean. Inspiring our children about the importance of conservation and recycling is important for our next generation, however we all know educating in an engaging way can be tough.
That’s why we’ve come up with our top five ways to get your tiny tots involved in Clean Up Australia Day this year.
- Point out rubbish left on the ground
While it may seem simple, bringing your child’s attention to their surroundings when out and about is a great first step. When you’re at the park or the beach subtly alert your little one to any rubbish you come across and explain how it can affect wildlife. Even bring tools along to help clean it up!
- Get crafty with your recycling bins
Spend an afternoon doing arts and crafts with your children, decorating their own recycling bins with examples of the materials that can go in each. While Brisbane has some of the best recycling infrastructure in the country, it can often be difficult to remember what items can go inside the yellow bin. Place things such as paper, cardboard, firm plastics, metal and glass on the outside of the container so your tiny tots know exactly what they can recycle.
- Engage in fun activities
Clean Up Australia Day is a great opportunity to engage your kids in fun and interactive activities that inspire and empower them to take care of their community’s environment. If you’re in town, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre will host a FREE GreenFest Family Eco-Day on Sunday 3 March. Children will have the opportunity to create and decorate their own environmentally friendly shopping bags and plant seedlings in take-home recycled and bio-degradable pots.
The kids will also love the ultimate Go Green live show with Garden Glenda and Charlie the Chicken where they can learn the importance of recycling through music, dancing and games.
WHEN // Sunday 3 March 2019
TIME // 10am to 2pm
SHOW TIMES* // 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm & 1.15pm (20mins)
WHERE // Level 2, Near Target, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, 322 Moggill Road, Indooroopilly
COST // Free, no bookings required
*Note: 11am & 12.30pm repeat shows, 11.45am & 1.15pm repeat shows
- Make composters out of your little rugrats
Food wastage can be a real problem, with the government estimating food waste to cost the Australian economy around $20 billion each year. Once your little one has recycling down pat, why not set up a composting system in your backyard. Easily purchased from Bunnings, small scale compost systems allow for the disposing of food scraps to be made into compost. This is a great way to engage your kids in a conversation about the follow-on effect of their food waste. You can begin to build an awareness from a young age of where the sandwich crusts they never eat end up and teach them environmentally friendly ways to reduce their food waste.
- Have you heard of the scrunch test?
Did you know that our yellow recycling bins can’t take soft plastics? Things like bread bags, bubble wrap, food wrappers and plastic bags are all a no-go. A safe way to find out if a plastic item can be recycled is to perform the scrunch test. If you can scrunch the plastic material up into a ball easily, it can’t go in the yellow bin. Have a try, you’ll be surprised by the sense of satisfaction you receive – very Marie Kondo if you ask us. Teach the kids and get folding and scrunch testing!
For more about Clean Up Australia Day visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au.