Little Explorers – Children Sustainability Program

Composting Competition – Autumn 2014

We asked people to send us their stories about Composting, Organic Recycling, Organic Gardening, Worm Farming or any other related Sustainability topic.

By Fiona Barber
Educational Officer
Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living
Mount Annan NSW

Do you remember the excitement as a small child, exploring the wonderful world of nature and learning by touching and exploring the world around you?  Little Explorers is a play group for children under 5, where we try to bring back some of this for today’s children and to instil some sustainable concepts.  Each term we learn different sustainable concepts or about the environment.

The children of the play group have enjoyed making their own no-dig garden that they take care of each week and take home the produce. They learning to water the plants with water and also worm tea fertiliser that they help collect from the worm farm. They are encouraged to dig, pick, taste, smell and touch things in their garden.  The children also explore how to stop pests without using chemicals, such as making scare crows, companion planting and putting nets over plants. Along with their no-dig garden Little Explorers have recycled soft drink bottles to make a herb garden and terrariums.

Little Explorers had fun looking at all the different things we can put in the compost bin and how by magic it is turned into special dirt that we can use in our garden to make the plants happy. Then we enjoyed making mud pies to show that we can make the compost in layers just like a cake.  We all had a ball spreading mud all over ourselves as well as our garden as we cooked up a compost storm.

Along with looking after our garden we feed the worms and learn why they are important for the garden and the environment.  The children learn to use the products from the worm farms on their garden.

Best of all we all get to take home and taste the veggies we have grown with love.

Watering Little Explorers – Children Sustainability Program

Watering the vegetable garden

No dig garden Little Explorers – Children Sustainability Program

Our no-dig garden

Soda bottle herb garden Little Explorers – Children Sustainability Program

Soda-bottle herb garden

Soda bottle terrarium Little Explorers – Children Sustainability Program

Soda-bottle terrarium

Keeping out pests Little Explorers – Children Sustainability Program

Net over our garden

Scarecrow Little Explorers – Children Sustainability Program

Our Scarecrow

worm farming Little Explorers – Children Sustainability Program

Looking at the worm farm

compoisting Little Explorers – Children Sustainability Program

Looking at compost

Mudpie composting Little Explorers – Children Sustainability Program

Making mud pies