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As you may have noticed, Albany Kindergarten embraces the concepts of recycling and upcycling.  If you’re not sure what the difference is (as I wasn’t for a while) here’s what the dictionary says:

Recycling: convert (waste) into reusable material.

Upcycling: reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.

Like many of you, I often bring bits and pieces into Kindy, like cereal boxes and lids etc.  When I do this, I have a real sense of making a difference in that I put out less ‘trash’ at the kerbside each week; I see the joy the children get from creating something new out of these items and that by using these versatile recyclable materials in children’s work, Kindy funds that might otherwise be spent on new items with a similar purpose, can be allocated to other resources, such as books and paints etc.

My husband Jack has become a recent convert and as I said to Fran, “He is seeing things through new eyes”.  His conversations or texts will often start with “Do you think Fran might like…?”  I have lost count of how many pallets he has arranged to be delivered to Kindy, a teacher’s home and to one of our Kindy families.  As you may have noticed, some have been turned into our amazing new art wall; others into a teacher’s bedhead and another’s coffee table and others are being made into a children’s play house by one of our Kindy Mums.  We certainly have some amazingly talented and creative people within our Kindy whanau!

Jack recently gave our Kindy a heavy duty cardboard electrical cable roll core and two cable roll ends that are made out of quite dense and heavy plastic.  As you can see from the photos, the children and teachers have put these items to good use. A multitude of learning has been evident in language development e.g. in, out, over, through, on etc; social skills have been enhanced through peer discussions; children have been engaged in healthy physical activity and have learnt about balancing and spacial awareness. Imaginary play supports cognitive development whereby children learn to distinguish between what is real and what isn’t; what is probable or possible and as such critical thinking skills are enhanced.

So, thank you so much for your contributions!  They really are appreciated.   

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?  Not that I’m saying Jack is old of course…