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Recycling Soft Plastics: During Term 2 we have introduced a REDcycle bin at the preschool. As a result of this initiative we have already noticed a significant reduction of general waste at our preschool… in fact, we might need to downsize our rubbish bin! RED Group (a Melbourne-based consulting and recycling organisation) has teamed up with Coles, Woolworths and some of Australia’s most-loved brands to make it easy for everyone to keep their plastic bags and soft plastic packaging out of landfill. The collected plastic is eventually used to produce a huge range of recycled-plastic products, from fitness circuits to sturdy outdoor furniture, bollards, signage and more! For more info, including a comprehensive list of what items you can REDcycle, go to: http://www.redcycle.net.au/

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During Term 2 the children have continued with garden care activities with support from our resident gardening-guru Claire! Our 4s have also been learning about seed germination through our Science Project: Germinating Peas. The children combined dried peas with dampened cotton balls in bags which were then positioned on the window where they could get plenty of natural light. After they started to germinate, they were potted and kept outdoors. The children have enjoyed monitoring the progress of their seedlings, and soon will take their plants home where they can be transplanted in the garden and will hopefully yield results.

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By simply switching off big energy users and stepping outside we can help save valuable resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our educators have continued to reduce energy use by maximising use of natural light and switching off wherever possible. We have also continued to step outside for group time activities such as the big parachute, ball games, and lunch on the deck.

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Olfactory Sensory Experiences: During Term 2 the children have enjoyed using the mortar and pestles to crush leaves and petals collected from the garden. We have also enhanced our playdough experience by adding herbs to the mix. Outdoor Autumn Fun: Though the temperature has dropped we’ve been lucky to experience some sunny Autumn afternoons! The children have been collecting leaves, exploring Autumn colours and using leaves for craft/collage experiences, as well as having lots of fun during outdoor play: a balance beam has been positioned at the rear of the yard and the children are enjoying sliding down into a big pile of Autumn leaves! Our indoor-outdoor program continues all year round, and in recent weeks the children have had ample opportunity for active play and gross motor development with our obstacle course, ball games on the grass, and use of the fireman’s pole.