Workshop Examples | Prep to Year 3

We align our eco art workshops to the Australia Curriculum and QCAA standards

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Moving Toys 

From design to construction, children will have the opportunity to explore the ways that objects can move on land, through water or in the air. We provide appropriate materials and demonstrate some examples to support students in their making. Experiment with different strengths of push & pull to see how such forces affect their toys’ ability to move.

Educators who chose this workshop made:

  • Push and pull toys

  •  Boats

  • Puppets

  • Kites

  • Planes, trains & automobiles

Applicability to the QCAA & Australian Curriculums 

  • Prep (AC) - Physical Sciences 

  • Year 1 & 2 (AC) - Science & English 

  • Year 3 (QCAA) - Technology 

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Print & Collage

Using our salvaged materials, children can experiment with different materials and techniques to create a 2D visual artwork of a descriptive illustration. Students can explore colour, shape, pattern, texture and have a whole lot of fun doing it!

Educators who chose this workshop made:

  • Cityscape prints

  •  Stamps

Applicability to the QCAA & Australian Curriculums 

  • Prep to Year 2 (QCAA) - Visual Arts 

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Construction & Design - Musical Instruments  

This is a very tactile and sensory experience for children, as well as a great introduction to 3D design and construction. Students can explore the different ways to produce sounds by manipulating and using a combination of our salvaged materials. With simple assemblage techniques, we’ll help students explore how to produce pitch and rhythm patterns from their handmade instruments. 

Educators who chose this workshop made: 

  • String instruments

  • Percussion instruments

Applicability to the QCAA & Australian Curriculums 

  • Prep to Year 2 (QCAA) - Music

  • Prep to Year 3 (QCAA) - Technology

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Treasure and Tool Boxes
  

Children will create their very own box, which they can use for tools, treasure or lunches. 

We will provide an array of materials, which students can experiment with in order to test a material’s suitability to perform a specific task, for example, rigidity and stability for a box to sit on a desk, or shock absorbency to cushion an electrical device. Students will also have the opportunity to construct their own hinges, latches or springs using non-traditional materials.

This is a great opportunity for young children to become familiar with creating 3D objects from an illustrated concept while drawing on their 2D collage skills. 

Educators who chose this workshop made: 

  • Handbags, backpacks and explorer bags

  • Toolboxes

  • Sleeves & cases for devices

  • Lunchboxes

Applicability to the QCAA & Australian Curriculums 

  • Prep to Year 3 (QCAA) - Technologies 

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Creatures & Characters .... from literature  

Students have the opportunity to select an array of our salvaged materials to create a figure from their favourite literary text, the animal kingdom or straight from their imagination. This enriching workshop engages children by using alternative construction methods, employing a variety of unconventional materials to create their own 3D creature. We can work with a traditional theme like Santa & Friends, Mad Hatters Tea Party, Australian Native Animals, Jungle Safari, Book Week, otherwise we can customise a theme to your classroom. 

Educators who chose this workshop made:

  • Santa, elves and other Christmas characters

  • Mad Hatters Tea Party characters

  • Monsters, dragons and magical beasts

  • Jungle animals

  • Native animals

Applicability to the QCAA & Australian Curriculums 

  • Prep to Year 2 (AC) - Visual Arts 

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Properties of Materials 

Is it hard, soft, flexible, rigid or waterproof? We will guide children through the process of exploring the properties of our salvaged materials, by creating a wind ornament or hanging mobile as the starting point for their scientific inquiry. This informed decision-making process will also assist children in deciding what tools to select when manipulating their chosen materials. 

Educators who chose this workshop made:

  • Outdoor wind ornament

  • Mobiles

Applicability to the QCAA & Australian Curriculums 

  • Prep (AC) - Chemical & Physical Sciences


     





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Robots & Explorers 
                               

Our Robots and Space Explorers workshops are more than just out-of-the-box thinking. We’ll help turn 2D concepts into 3D mini prototypes of your students’ most out-of-this-world ideas!

Children will learn about the properties of our warehouse materials, both natural and processed. They will learn about what we collect, why we collect it and why certain materials are classified as non-recyclable but salvageable.

We’ll explore the shapes and properties of our salvaged objects to see how the combination of different materials can result in a mechanical process, for example, transforming bottle tops into wheels for a moon buggy, or using shiny materials to line a satellite dish for mirrored surfaces that bounce light and vision. 

Educators who chose this workshop made:

  • Robots & Aliens / Spaceships & rockets

  • Moon buggies & Telescopes

Applicability to the QCAA & Australian Curriculums

  • Prep (AC) - Chemical & Physical Sciences

  • Year 1 (QCAA) - Technologies

  • Year 3 (AC) - Earth & Space Sciences

  • Year 3 (AC) - Visual Arts 

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Dioramas .... Life Cycles & Solar Systems  

This workshops can be used to explore the daily and seasonal changes in our environments to illustrate how they affect everyday life. For example, by making a diorama of the water cycle or the four seasons. Students are asked to provide their own shoebox, and we will supply all other materials and tools.

Educators who chose this workshop made:

  • Dioramas

  • Curriculum Area

Applicability to the QCAA & Australian Curriculums

  • Prep to Year 1 (AC) - Earth & Space Sciences

  • Prep to Year 3 (QCAA) - SOSE

  • Year 2 (AC) - Biological Sciences 

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Mini Beasts  ... Creepy Crawlies and the Creatures from Creek to Coast

Children of all ages are fascinated by nature. Students can create invertebrates, arthropods or crustaceans while learning about their critter’s form and segments. This is a great opportunity for younger children to practice their cutting and stapling skills; and older students to explore the properties of our salvaged materials to select the best materials to replicated key parts of a creature’s anatomy such as legs, wings or eyes.

Educators who chose this workshop made:

  • Mini beasts & insects

  • Sea creatures

  • Wetlands creatures

Applicability to the QCAA & Australian Curriculums

  • Prep to Year 1 (AC) - Biological Sciences

  • Year 2 (QCAA) - Technology