Threading is an important part of child development. Rather than provide children with beads made from non sustainable materials, re-use what you already have.
Plastic bottle spouts make beautiful beads to thread. Use recycled string, plaited plastic bags, plastic strapping (the type that holds boxes together) or even colourful scarves (pictured).
What you do: Collect a myriad of plastic bottles in all shapes, sizes and colours. With a pair of garden secateurs, cut the pouring spout from the body of the bottle. Trim/sand rough edges and provide your recyclable plastic beads to children to thread or construct with.
Seamlessly blend intentional teaching (very EYLF) about the environment and recycling with the threading activity. Tell the children about how many different things can be recycled. Tell them what happens to plastic when it is thrown away and not recycled. Tell the children about what happens to our fish and birds when they eat the plastic (they starve to death). Congratulate the children on being heroes of the environment and recycling royals.
Care for our environment starts with reusing what we already have. Plastic bottle sprouts make beautiful educational craft material and costs nothing extra.
Economically-gorgeous, the plastic beads can be washed and disinfected (use vinegar in hot water or the dish washer – vinegar is a natural disinfectant) and stored/added too for future and on-going re-use.
Threading, mobiles, construction, decorations, wall art: coloured plastic sprouts are valuable educational material. Here at The Junk Wave we give starter packs out to people who attend our monthly Smart Art workshops. Book in to discover how easy it is to re-purpose and up-cycle post consumer waste.