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Alternate Activity 1: A Visit to the Compost Bin

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Optional: Material for the compost bin such as coffee grounds, apple cores, and banana peels

Preparation for Activity

  • Communicate with families ahead of time that the children will be outside for this activity.
  • Invite the group in the congregation who created and/or maintains the compost bin to lead a tour of the project.
  • Optional: Invite children to bring materials to compost.

Description of Activity

If the congregation has a compost bin, have the children visit it. Ask the adults who maintain the compost bin to tell the children how and why the bin was started, how it is "fed" (e.g., coffee grounds from social hour, fruit peels from snacks in religious education, or compostable waste from congregational meals). If the children have brought compost material from home, invite them to place it in the bin. Show how to care for the material (e.g., turning the pile). If possible, show the fully composted material that can be used in a garden and allow children to hold some in their hands.

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