Table Top Recycling Center
Garbage and recycling and their respective trucks are big hits at our house, as is Duplo. So I mixed the two together for a fun color sorting activity that went on and on! The simplest things are usually the best. Activities like this mix imaginative play, color recognition, and counting and will appeal to a wide range of ages. You can change up the theme to fit your child’s particular interests too!
- Gather your materials. You will need some craft paper ( or use the underside of wrapping paper), markers, painters tape, and some multi-colored blocks or toys to sort.
- Tape your paper to a table, add a title! As kids get interested in spelling, make sure you spell out loud when adding things like titles to crafts and activities.
- Draw a conveyor belt – every sorting center needs one!
- Draw bins for the recyclables ( each color). I asked my son what colors we needed, he looked in the bin of Duplo and as he called them out I drew the bins.
- Start sorting!
- Play, we grabbed a recycling truck for added oomph! Count how many blocks are in each bin, find out which bin has the most, which has the least … there is a lot of learning hidden in this game.
- We even came back after lunch for some more fun!
I Am A Garbage Truck by Ace Landers is okay. The story is a little disjointed, when my husband read it to him for the first time he looked over at me in my son’s bed and said “Am I reading this the right way? It seems like I should have started from the last page?” my son didn’t care, he loves the illustrations and the way the book is in the shape of a garbage truck. I like that it covers both garbage and recycling, and toddlers will love it!
A Day in the Life of a Garbage Collector by Nate Leboutiller is presently my son’s favorite book. Unlike the next book that focuses on the process of garbage collection and recycling this book focuses on the workers that make it all happen. From what time they have to get up, the safety measures they take, clothes they wear and how they drive the trucks it covers it all. Perfect for kids like mine that are curbside waving at the garbage collector every week!
Trash And Recycling by Stephanie Turnball is a great book! I learned more about garbage and the recycling process reading this to my son over lunch than I ever knew! He loved it and despite being a pretty sophisticated book for a three-year-old immediately asked to read it again as soon as I closed it. It explains the whole process from curbside pick up, landfills, incineration, and recycling. The idea for today’s activity came from the sorting of recyclable garbage from this book!