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Little Sprouts Program

Little Sprouts Program

Little Sprouts is a specialised sustainability program for early childhood. Our vision is to help every child have the opportunity to explore, connect with, appreciate and care for the environment.

We offer services to early childhood services including kindergartens, preschools, long day care/early learning centres, family day care, occasional care and playgroups. Support includes sustainability incursions for children (0-5 years old), community events, training for early childhood educators, and helping services to achieve their environmental and educational goals through action.

Whether it is setting up worm farm and compost systems, improving biodiversity, or reducing water, waste and energy consumption, Little Sprouts is here to help services address barriers and achieve success.

Little Sprouts is available for face-to-face services in Victoria, Australia, or virtually (for some services). Program activities link to the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standards for Early Childhood Education and Care.

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Website: https://littlesproutsprogram.com.au/

Articles

Make Your Own Festive Bee-Friendly Seed Balls

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Create Your Own Recycled Paper Seed Envelopes

These DIY seed packets are the perfect way to sort and store your seeds or gift them to others. The best thing is – it doesn’t need to cost a cent! You can reuse old paper – think wrapping paper,… Continue Reading >

How to Make Sparkly Snow Globes

Eco glitter snow globes are a fun and easy DIY sustainability activity. They make perfect handmade gifts for occasions like Christmas, or beautiful decorations for any space. This activity allows children to exercise choice through selection of materials, learn about… Continue Reading >

Engaging Children in Plastic-Free Education

Plastic Free July inspires people to be part of the solution to reducing plastic pollution. This annual event is a great opportunity to engage young children in exploring the topic and join with their community to create momentum and tackle… Continue Reading >

Tips for switching to cloth nappies at your childcare service

Nappies…they are a part of everyday life for parents and anyone working in the early childhood industry. On average, children use 5000-6000 single-use nappies before becoming toilet trained! This blog post will explore some key things to consider if you… Continue Reading >

Activity Ideas to Engage Children in Learning about Polar Bears

One of our favourite environmental celebration days to engage children in is International Polar Bear Day, held annually on 27th February. This coincides with the time when polar bear mums and cubs are snug in their dens. The focus is… Continue Reading >

How to keep your indoor plant babies alive while on holidays

You’re planning a holiday away for a couple of weeks. You’ve got everything planned. But what about your indoor plants? Will they be OK without you? We’ve provided some tips below to make sure you come back to happy plants… Continue Reading >

DIY Sparkly Recycled Cardboard Roll Flowers

The perfect DIY gift! Eco glitter cardboard rolls flowers make perfect gifts for any occasion. We run this activity with children 3-5 years old, but it can be adapted to any age group. It’s a great way to show children… Continue Reading >

Tips for Growing Child-Friendly Indigenous Plants

What are indigenous plants? Vegetation can be both native and indigenous in certain areas. Firstly, let’s get a little clearer about these two words. Native vegetation is particular to a given region or ecosystem. For example, Australian natives or native… Continue Reading >

How to Make a Growing Earthworm

You’ve probably made grass heads before. But have you tried making a grass earthworm? This DIY early years activity combines scientific exploration with creativity (just like our sustainability incursions). It is suitable for children (3-5 years) to do with adult… Continue Reading >

A simple guide to making a terrarium!

Terrariums are easy to look after, look beautiful and don’t take up much space. You can make them using old, clean jars or bottles which teaches children about reusing items that could otherwise end up as landfill. They are also… Continue Reading >

Great books to start a conversation with young kids about sustainability

Books are a fantastic way to encourage children to connect with and contribute to the environment. Reading helps children visualize and understand issues. Nowadays, we are spoiled for choice with a wide range of sustainability books from every perspective; Indigenous… Continue Reading >

 

 

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