Stage 1 students get hands-on experience designing and constructing with waste materials, encouraging them to develop important problem-solving skills.

Many of our workshops are based around group exercises that encourage kids in Year 1 and Year 2 to work collaboratively and share their skills and knowledge.

We’re currently running four Stage 1 workshops: Watch It Go, Characters, Big Box City and Creature Comforts. Customised workshops are available on request.

Reverse Garbage workshops take students through a design process, aligned with NSW Syllabus outcomes, to facilitate creative thinking and collaboration essential to sustainability.

 

Venue: your place or ours

Pricing: An individual quote will be provided depending on the number of educators required, your minimum expected numbers and the length of your visit as provided in your booking inquiry form. As an indication prices for 1.5 hour visit range from $12.50 to $16 (incl. gst), alternatively you might like us to work to your budget.

The following travel fees apply: 5km to 15km from Reverse Garbage (one way as determined by Google maps) $25, 16km to 30km = $50, 31km to 50km = $75, over 50km =$100

 

Enquire online Email us Call 02 9569 3132

WATCH IT GO

Make: Discover the tricks of tops and make cool patterns while you spin. In this STEAM workshop students will make simple spinning tops with CDs and textas then use them to draw amazing patterns. With the basics down, students are challenged to design and make their own spinning top from reuse materials.

Duration: 60 minutes
Venue: Your place (a small travel fee may apply) or ours

Age: Designed for Stage 1 students (but can be adapted to other year levels if required)
Capacity: maximum 25 students (or 1x class)
NSW Syllabus links: ST1- 7PW

Book a Watch It Go workshop

CHARACTERS

Make: Bring characters to life with materials that were destined for landfill. Students will work with a variety of re-used materials to make toys, puppets and dolls. Students will develop problem-solving skills and design and construction skills using re-used materials.Students will a variety of re-used materials to make toys, puppets and dolls.

Duration: 60 minutes
Venue: Your place (a small travel fee may apply) or ours
Age: Designed for Stage 1 students (can be adapted to other levels)
Capacity: maximum 25 students (or 1x class)
NSW Syllabus links: HT1-2, EN1-6B, DRAS1.1, DRAS1.2, DRAS1.3

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BIG BOX CITY

Construct your own buildings, cars, parks, roads and people and bring them together in a big box city! Students will work collaboratively to create a city using packaging materials typical of any household recycling bin.

For this activity we encourage the children to collect and bring small packaging boxes from home (eg, cereal boxes, small gift boxes from light cardboard). This encourages conversations at home about packaging and it’s impact.

This activity is also great as an ongoing whole school activity if your school has the space.

Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: Your place (a small travel fee may apply) or ours
Age: Designed for Stage 1 students (but can be adapted to other levels)
Capacity: maximum 25 students (or 1x class)
NSW Syllabus links: ST1-14BEST1-12MW, ST1-13MW, ST1-5WT

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CREATURE COMFORTS

Explore the hidden world of mini-beasts. Using materials saved from landfill, students make their own bug, spider, snail or butterfly and a habitat for it to live in. Students will develop simple construction techniques and an understanding of visual representation.

Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: Your place ( a small travel fee may apply) or ours
Age: Designed for Stage 1 students (but can be adapted to other levels)
Capacity: maximum 25 students (or 1x class)
NSW Syllabus links: ST1-11LWST1-12MW, ST1-13MW, ST1-5WT

Book a Creature Comforts workshop

‘GIANT’ LOOSE PARTS PLAY

Have your children tried ‘loose parts play’?

Our giant kit of  loose parts are reuse materials that can be moved around, put together, taken apart and rebuilt.

Loose Parts Play sessions promote social, active play, stimulate the imagination and inspire innovation, creativity and collaboration.

We can provide your students with an open-ended Loose Parts Play session or present them with a group construction challenge such as building a bridge, transporting an endangered animal or any other scenario that supports your learning goals.

It works with every age group and will keep them engaged for hours.

Enquire about a Loose Parts Play session

 

Coming to visit us at Marrickville?

Why not stay longer and add one of these activities to your visit.

Waste Sorting Challenge

Recycling can be confusing. How well do you and your students know which bits of household waste can and can’t be recycled – and how to do it? Our waste-sorting game will clarify all the different waste streams and give students the lowdown on what goes where.

Cost: Please speak to our educator to price this activity
Duration: 45 min
Max. students per session: 30

Worm farm and composting facility talk

One of our neighbours at the Addison Road Community Centre is Hobogro: a community composting and worm farm organisation. Bob from Hobogro is a recognised expert and can introduce your students to all the ins and outs of worm farms and composting, including a chance to meet the worms up close! 

Cost: Please speak to our educator to price this activity
Duration: 30 min
Max. students per session: 30

Addison Road Community Centre walk

The Reverse Garbage warehouse is located within the Addison Road Community Centre. The 36,000 square metre heritage site is home to over 40 buildings and is a community hub for the arts, culture, environment and social justice. Children can be taken for a walk through the centre, engaging with artworks, community gardens and sustainability initiatives along the way.