FOOD RECYCLING DISCOVERIES & ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES - SCIENCE, MATHS & ART-BASED FUN
Are you a parent trying to keep your children occupied whilst spending more time at home? Or a teacher looking for some remote lesson inspiration?
The following activities are a brilliant way for you to teach children how recycling can help protect the planet.
Children will discover how recycled food waste can create renewable energy and how much is needed to power their favourite gadgets and devices. They can then get creative by designing their own energy generating recycling machine. These activities are best enjoyed by children aged 7-11 (key stage 2).
LET’S GET STARTED
Follow these five steps to take part:
1. Discover how food waste can create power
Did you know that in most parts of Wales, recycled food waste is taken to a special processing facility and turned into renewable energy? Watch Captain Busta’s short video to discover how.
2. Take the quiz
Time to put your family’s knowledge to the test. Take this short quiz together.
3. Investigate your family’s food waste
Working as a family, investigate the ‘unavoidable’ food waste left over from the meals you eat at home. Unavoidable food waste is the waste that can’t be eaten but can be recycled such as fruit & veg peelings, pips & stalks, tea bags & coffee grounds, meat & fish bones, and eggshells.
Log your family’s food waste over the course of a day, a weekend or throughout the week.
4. Calculate the energy potential of your food waste
Use our “Electrogenerator” to learn how long the energy from your unavoidable food waste can power your favourite appliances and devices.
Optional maths activity: Use our Electrogenerator to crack these “power up” maths questions.
5. Time to get creative…
If you could invent your own machine that helps protect the planet by transforming food waste into energy, what would it look like? You can choose to draw, paint or craft your creations using the drawing tools or craft materials of your choice.