Here are some fun ideas for classroom activities related to waste.

Paper Making

Paper makingPaper Making Recycling DevonWhat better way to help pupils understand the circular nature of recycling than taking paper from your classroom recycling box, setting up your own ‘recycling factory’ and making beautiful hand-made paper?

Paper making is popular with pupils of all ages. Link it to science work on changing materials, to art and design projects, or set up your ‘recycling factory’ during a themed ‘eco’ week. Be sure to use your finished recycled paper for something special. Greetings cards at Christmas or other times of the year will be treasured by the recipient while spreading the recycling message to family and friends.

Download teacher and pupil instructions below.

Papermaking instructions – child

Papermaking instructions – adult

Snakes and Ladders

The well-known traditional Snakes and Ladders game with an ‘eco’ twist! Download the board and use it with cards on either a 3Rs or compost theme. Use the game as a 5 minute filler with a class, during wet play, with an after-school or breakfast club, or with your Eco Team.

Snakes and Ladders game board

3Rs Snakes and Ladders – Teachers instructions

3Rs Ladders cards

3Rs Snakes cards

Composting Snakes and Ladders – Teachers instructions

Composting Snakes cards

Composting Ladders cards

Starter Activities and 5 minute fillers

Use our lesson starters at the start of each school day as children enter the classroom to register, or as an intro to a waste or sustainability topic lesson, or just as a five minute filler when you have a few moments. Download our Powerpoint and instructions for the full package.


Waste starters.pptx

Starter activities & 5 minute fillers.pdf

Use Devon’s ‘rubbish’ data as part of maths teaching!

The downloadable spreadsheet below includes data from each Devon district (East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge, West Devon and the Unitary Authorities of Plymouth (up until 2013-14) and Torbay) showing what materials are currently recycled, and how the local recycling rate has changed in the last ten years. The data can be used by pupils in a variety of ways, such as creating pie and line charts.

Click on the table to open the excel spreadsheet.

Note the different districts are on separate tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet.