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Trash Sorting

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Trash Sorting Little Montessori House

Instil sustainable practices in children with this simple trash sorting activity.


  • A4 paper in red, yellow, blue, green
  • Marker
  • Stickers of objects/elements to sort into bins
  • scissors
  • marker

What to do:

  • Draw a recycling bin on each different coloured paper:
    - waste on red
    - mixed recycling on yellow
    - paper/cardboard on blue
    - organics on lime green
  • Cut each bin shape out.
  • Match the stickers/objects to the correct recycling bin.

Hints and Tips:

  • Laminate each bin picture.
  • Laminate the stickers.
  • Use catalogues to cut out pictures of objects.
  • Instead of drawing a recycling bin on paper, you can use coloured boxes instead. 
  • Encourage children to recycle at home/school.

Earth Day Trash Sorting, Little Montessori House, 6 March 2019

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    Follow Directions 
    Ask questions 
    Listen to directions 
    Collaborate with others 

  • Play Based Learning: Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Puzzle Play
  • Games Categories: Cognitive Development, Fine Motor Skills, Learning Games, Quiet Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 2
  • Sub Outcomes:

    2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment.

Created On June 9, 2019
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