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Toys from reclaimed materials

Activities

IEA: Choose a consumable product and redesign its packaging so that it could be returned to the manufacturer or distributor and used again and again. In groups, make definitions for a)recycled materials, b) reclaimed materials, c) re-used materials, d) 'found' materials and e) 'scrap' materials; are any of the definitions the same? Also in groups, discuss issues surrounding waste, recycling and reclaiming materials. What can we learn about waste management from the households of Ghana?

FPT: Experiment with different materials to find ways of combining wheels, axles and bearings.

DMA: Design and make a toy with wheels and axles using only found or reclaimed materials.

DMA: Find and disassemble an old toy that you no longer use or that is broken. Design and make a product using some of the component parts.

DMA: Collect packaging or other waste that would usually go in the bin at home, then use the materials to design and make a toy that you could give to a child in another country. The toy must reflect something about you and the community you live in. Your aim should be to give the child in the other country insight into some of the waste products that can be reused in the UK and the type of toys that you like to play with.

DMA: Design a strategic poster campaign to tell your community about landfill and reducing the impact of waste on your community's environment.




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