Today my son went on a field trip with his classmates to a local wetlands sanctuary. There he will learn about the animals, plants, wetlands, and how he can help reduce harm to his environment. The first lesson started at home. Students were challenged to pack a NO TRASH LUNCH. Each group that visits the wetlands is given the same challenge and competes against the other groups. I think his class has a great chance of winning because Kaden and I managed to pack a lunch with absolutely no trash. I'm sure the other parents managed to do the same. Here is what we packed:
NO TRASH LUNCH:
- Use containers. I have several around the house, all sizes and all shapes. Surely you can find a couple to fit in a lunch bag.
- Reuse. Utensils, bags,, cloth napkins and water bottles are key. You can bring silverware from home (if allowed) and one of the many reusable bags you brought home from a fair of some sorts. And I know everyone owns a water bottle, at least from sports. I found a napkin at the Dollar Tree store for Kaden. We can use it over again and again...after washing it of course.
- Open the Package. Take everything out of the package and put it in a container. Sure you have trash at home, but you can also properly dispose of it and place the packaging in a recycling bin. On field trips, there is a greater risk for littering. Children drop, throw, and incorrectly dispose their items. They know if they do this to your good containers there will be serious consequences.
- Combine like items. On the video, we combined the cookies with the fruit snacks. Kaden suggested this. Children like fun food, so why not add a little crunch to a chewy fruit snack.
- Have fun. Make a game out of packing a NO TRASH LUNCH. Kaden had a blast coming up with ways to combine items, pack, and finding the appropriate containers. We always like a good competition.
Can you pack a NO TRASH LUNCH? I dare you!
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