Imagine if…

Instead of buying a wooden village set for $300…

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You made this with the children…. promoting innovation and creativity and helping them to socialise and communicate.

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Imagine if…

Instead of buying a set of animals for $60…

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the children helped you make these fine creatures… Boosting their shapes, colour and pattern recognition, and improving hand-eye co-ordination.

Imagine if…

Instead of buying a fairy house for $150…

the children had fun making their own fairy house out of milk bottles or cardboard tubes…. Boosting self esteem and creating a sense of achievement…

Add these egg carton toadstools and clothespin fairies for a magical display.

Imagine if…

Instead of buying a tub of plastic boats for $65…

the children created these amazing vessels….  Encouraging critical thinking and building resilience.

Imagine if…

You no longer bought bubble wands that create mountains of landfill waste…

And you made these bubble wands with the children, out of recycled milk bottles …. Encouraging them to think about sustainability and teaching the importance of re-using or conserving Earth’s resources.

Imagine if…

Instead of buying a lacing kit for $30…

The children cut and painted cardboard tubes themselves.  When they play with their very own hand-made threading kit, not only will they be proud of their achievement, they will be developing fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination, mathematical concepts, and language skills.

Imagine if…

You created a wind powered STEM challenge that involved making a windmill out of a paper roll….  An environmental tinker project that will leave a lasting impact.

“‘Consumerism’ refers to people purchasing goods and consuming materials in excess of their basic needs. In the 21st Century’s globalized economy, ‘consumerism’ has become a noticeable part of the culture and is seen to be what is not environmentally sustainable.”   (Wikipedia 1)

Imagine if…

  • You were a leader in establishing a new mindset within your early childhood team, and reduced your reliance on consumables
  • You discovered that you could create long lasting joy for the children just by providing them with a plenty of open-ended materials and experiences.
  • You saved a whopping $600 just on the 6 items above!!!

Imagine if…

You met the following quality areas of the NQS, just by choosing to make resources rather than buy them:

Quality Area 1: Your intentional teaching encourages the children to be critical thinkers in their use and disposal of resources and materials. You are providing experiences that actively promote or initiate the investigation of ideas, complex concepts and thinking, reasoning and hypothesising

Quality Area 3 You are promoting sustainable practices in the service environment and beyond, and fostering respect and care for the environment.

Quality Area 4 and Quality Area 5.  You are supporting each other and the children in seeking the highest quality outcomes possible for life, learning and the service, and you do this by encouraging an open, reflective and questioning environment that welcomes all possibilities.

Quality Area 6.  You hold open and ongoing conversations with your team, families and community – letting them know why and what you are doing to achieve the best outcomes for the children and the community.

Quality Area 7. You are addressing consumerism and sustainability by considering practices within your service and making positive changes.

There are so many outstanding benefits to changing the way you think about your resources.  From achieving a higher standard of quality at your service, to contributing to long term financial sustainability, but most importantly, the learning opportunities from such activities will leave long lasting impressions on young children and will contribute to a healthier world.