Collecting Rubbish

Collecting Rubbish

3-5 years, 5-8 years
10 minutes
School, ECEC
Cones , Hoops
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Set Up:

  • Define a large area 10m x 10m with cones
  • Scatter bean bags (rubbish) throughout activity space
  • Place hoops (bins) 2-5 meters away, around the outside of activity space


Children start inside activity space and are given a mode of movement ie running, jumping, hopping, side-stepping.

On command ‘clean up’ children must move to pick up 1 piece of rubbish (bean bag) and try to throw into bins (hoops) that are outside the space.

Continue until all rubbish has been thrown and count how much rubbish (as a group) made it to the bins.

Return rubbish to space and repeat using different modes of movement.


  • Add bins of various sizes and distances from space
  • Limit the activity space
  • Vary mode of movement mid-game
  • Have some children position outside the space as ‘bin people’ who catch the rubbish before placing in bin

Teaching Points:

Overarm Throw

  • Ready: stand side-on like a surfer
  • Aim: make a muscle man (throwing arm bent up above shoulder), point non-throwing arm at target
  • Fire: step forward with opposite foot and throw
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