Sustainability, loose parts and creative reuse

Next workshops: 21 and 24 November 2018

Learn about improving sustainability and incorporating creative reuse in your program with this 3-hour professional learning workshop for Early Childhood, Primary or OOSH educators.

This inquiry-based learning workshop will increase your capacity to use reuse materials in innovative, useful and creative ways. We will clarify waste disposal methods for common household items, and explore readily available waste materials to better understand their reuse potential. We will cover construction techniques and loose parts using a variety of materials enabling educators to confidently implement reuse materials in to arts, STEM, literacy, numeracy and play programs.

Workshop agenda

  • Introduction to reuse materials in educational and play-based contexts
  • Reuse materials in the  Reverse Garbage Makerspace: tips, tricks and techniques for creative reuse  
  • Sorting, sourcing and the 3Rs: making the most of what’s available
  • Loose parts with reuse materials: theory, risk management and storage ideas
  • Warehouse tour and materials sourcing
  • Build an invitation to play/classroom kit
  • Reuse materials in intentional teaching: documentation and alignment

Workshop costs

$88 per participant (inc GST) covers:

  • all workshop materials, notes and participant workbooks
  • certificate of attendance
  • expert workshop facilitators
  • materials to the value of $15 to take back to your school or centre
  • tea, coffee and a light snack 

Workshop dates

Term 4

Wednesday 21 November 2018
10am – 1 pm
OOSH and Primary School

Saturday 24 November 2018
10am – 1pm
Early Childhood

Book a Sustainability, loose parts play and creative reuse workshop


Reverse Garbage is the proud host of Re-Play: a professional learning festival about creativity and sustainability, held annually.

With partners including KU Professional Services and the Sydney Playground Project, we run a variety of workshops and seminars that give educators insights and ideas for making learning spaces more mindful, more creative, more sustainable and more fun. Some are endorsed by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) which means they count towards Professional Development hours.

  • Re-Play Professional Learning Seminars bring educators up-to-date on the latest thinking around how to embed principles of sustainability into everyday activities, and how to encourage creativity and problem-solving through open-ended play and project-based learning.
  • Re-Play Workshops provide hands-on experience with a range of resources and activities, inspiring and upskilling educators of all ages and experience-levels.

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