Teach Your Kids About Plastic Waste in Your Household With This Fun Activity!

Written by Justin Thompson

Did you know that every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our beautiful oceans? Not only is this sad for our beaches, which can be littered with rubbish, it means our majestic wildlife has to live with litter in their homes. Scientists have recorded that over 700 species of marine animals were found to have eaten, or become entangled in plastic, which can leave them seriously hurt or ill – and that number is just going to grow. Scientists predict that by 2050, the amount of plastic in our oceans will triple – yikes!

And what happens to the plastic in our oceans? Well, it goes nowhere and instead breaks down into microplastics that can take over 400 years to decompose – now that’s a long time. 

So what are we going to do about it?

As much as we try to make sustainable choices, plastic (especially single-use plastic) can sneak into our homes without us even being aware. This plastic can then end up in our beautiful oceans! So to help your family understand just how much plastic is used in your home, we’ve put together a scavenger hunt for your little ones to try out. 

One, Two, Three, Go Plastic Free!

For this activity, have your kids scavenge around the house for any type of plastic. It could be a shampoo bottle, food wrapping, or even a plastic bag! Once they find five items, ask them to fill out the attached activity sheet. 

It asks three questions: 

  1. 1. What have I found? (Is it a toothbrush, a plastic sponge, or even cling film?)
  2. 2. What can I do about this plastic? (How do I swap it for something plastic free?)
  3. 3. What can I do with the plastics I have found? (Get creative! Use the plastic to make a poster about saving the ocean, or make your own instrument out of the pop bottle – the sky’s the limit!)

Using the finished activity sheet, pick one or two items as a family to try and swap to non-plastic items. This is a great conversation starter as a family and helps teach your kids the importance of sustainable things! 

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