Get Crafty with Eco-Activities:Beach Clean Simulation and Make a Wave Collage from Small Pieces of Plastic

Teaching our children to be kind is one of the most important behavioural lessons that we as parents and carers can instill — learning how to be kind to each other, to animals but also to our planet. Many of us have and will be spending the next few weeks at home — it’s never been more important for children to connect and appreciate the beautiful world outside of our front doors.

Hopster has teamed up with Wildling Crafts to bring you eco craft and activity ideas aligned to each episode of Kids who Save the World. Our aim is to make it easy for parents and carers to blend Hopster’s resources with other real-time activities to promote your little one’s development, health and well-being. Each craft has been designed to use materials that are easily accessible or that you are likely to have at home already.

After watching Hopster’s Kids Who Save the World with your little ones, use the craft ideas to continue to foster your child’s creativity and environmental awareness. In episode 3: We follow five-and-a-half-year-old Zeb who often does beach cleans to protect creatures above and below the sea and wants to save the world by using less plastic.

We have created a beach clean simulation and a wave collage from small pieces of plastic to help little ones understand that everyone’s household rubbish can end up in the sea and we must all be mindful and helpful to protect our marine life and keep beaches clean for everyone to enjoy. Here’s how to get started:

Craft: Beach clean simulation and make a wave collage from small pieces of plastic

What you need for this craft: Beach clean simulation

  • Tray to hold water (baking tray, dish or Tupperware container.)
  • Plastic food packaging cut into pieces using scissors (milk cartons, plastic bottles, biscuit trays, wrappers, cellophane etc.)
  • Water (which you can colour with some blue food colouring if you want.)
  • Implement to grab the plastic (clothes peg, kitchen tongs etc.)
  • Towel on standby to dry little hands.

Guide to make: Beach clean simulation

  1. Approx. ¼ fill a large flat dish, tray or Tupperware with water and add a few drops of blue food colouring, if you have it. Sprinkle pieces of chopped up plastic over the water.
  2. Invite your little one to grab and remove the plastic with pincer action using a clothes peg, tongs etc. The pincer movements are great for building fine motor skills. Always supervise your children carefully around small pieces and be very mindful of potential choke hazards.

What you need for this craft: The wave picture

  • Piece of paper.
  • Blue and white paint.
  • Paint brush.
  • Glue stick.
  • Plastic packaging from the beach clean simulation.

Guide to make: The wave picture

  1. Provide your little one with blue and white paint, a brush and some paper and invite them to paint a wave or the sea.
  2. Allow to dry.
  3. Once dry, they can use a glue stick to attach the pieces of plastic collected from the simulated beach clean activity.

Points for discussion and further exploration

  • Children usually respond when they see the dish with water and plastic in it, they don’t like to see rubbish in the water. Acknowledge their sense of dismay and talk to your little one about what is happening to our seas and oceans, as well as how we can all help. You might even make an action plan together of things that you can do to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic and protect marine habitats.
  • Discuss the impact of plastic on the sea on wildlife — fish, birds, turtles, seals etc.
  • Next time you are at the beach, look out for plastic and maybe bring a bag and some protective gloves or litter pickers to collect some rubbish.

ABOUT WILDING CRAFTS

Hopster has teamed up with Wildling Crafts to bring you eco craft and activity ideas aligned to each episode of ‘Kids who Save the World.’ Our aim is to make it easy for parents and carers to blend Hopster’s resources with other real-time activities to promote your little one’s development, health and well-being. Each craft has been designed to use materials that are easily accessible or that you are likely to have at home already. Access inspiration via Facebook and Instagram @wildlingcrafts

ABOUT JACQUI JOLMES

Jacqui Jolmes is a mum of three, who recently stepped out of her role as a Management and Leadership consultant to work on some of her true passions and spend more time with her little people. She recently started @wildlingcrafts on Instagram where she shares loads of eco-friendly craft ideas for young kids. She also runs Nurture Nature kids’ clubs in local schools and events from her home in N. Ireland.

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