Friday, 2 May 2014

Compost Bin Fun!

Sometimes even the most mundane objects can provide hours of fun for young children. A few years ago, our local council gave all schools a number of compost bins. A couple were set up in the main school playground but with us having 8 weeks off in the summer it proved too long a period to leave the bins unattended & so it was decided against using them for their intended purpose.
Last year when I spied them sitting in an outdoor store I grabbed 5 & brought them round to the nursery playground. It didn't take long for the children to engage with them & we had weeks of fun playing with them. We decided to keep them as a 3rd term resource as we have bikes for 1st & 2nd term & then in the last term we tend to spread all over the playground with larger resources like the Community Playthings Hollow Blocks & these bins.

When I brought them into the playground on Tuesday, the children fell upon them immediately. At first they climbed in & out of them through the door at the bottom & for some this tiny entrance took a lot of courage to tackle. Others figured out if they took their coats off it was easier to fit inside. It was great to see another class enjoy these resources & the giggles as 2 children crammed into one bin & tried to walk around the space - this took a lot of cooperation & coordination!

Before long someone had tipped a bin over & discovered the joy of rolling about inside it. This class also put one at the bottom of the slide & had a great time flying down the slide into the bin & out the other side!
Then some of them had the idea to join 2 together to make a tunnel, before long they had joined 4 in a row & they spent ages crawling form one end to the other, at times a head would pop up through the door to shout to their friends. They wanted to create a door at the end of the tunnel & figured out the Fafu Poppies were perfect for this purpose. (They did want 5 but the one at the bottom of the slide was not up for grabs)
4 make an even better tunnel experience.
Once again the children proved to me that they don't need expensive resources to have fun.

If you enjoyed this compost bin fun post check out this one from Creative Star Learning Company.

10 comments:

  1. That looks fun! Upcycling the bin too =P #countrykids

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I only wish I could fit inside one too!

      Delete
  2. Just like boxes - the fun children can have using their creativity and imaginations with objects is great to watch! Thanks for linking up and sharing their fun with Country Kids.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So true, thanks for commenting & hosting another great link up.

      Delete
  3. What a great idea! Love when items can be used for dual purposes :) #CountryKids

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too - I love anything that saves money!

      Delete
  4. So fun. I will keep this in mind when we get a composting bin.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh I bet you can have loads of fun - I was thinking rolling down a hill inside one would be fun too!

      Delete
  5. Anonymous08 May, 2014

    Hi there Kierna,
    Have been reading your blog and looking at all your wonderful photos and wondering if you had thought about putting them into a book? We are on the look out for exciting new Early Years authors so please get in contact if you are interested! (helen.diamond@bloomsbury.com)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Helen, have sent you an email.

      Delete