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Observe garbage collection. Talk to the children about what they see, hear, and smell. Children could draw pictures of the garbage truck in action, either from memory or from pictures.

Questions You May Ask 

⚙ What would happen if the garbage truck stopped coming? 

⚙ What happens to our garbage after it is picked up?
⚙ How can we make less garbage?                 

Related Children's Books

I am a Garbage Truck by Ace Landers
⚙ The Garbage Trucks are Here by Yvonne Janes
⚙ Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash! by Barbara Odanaka 


⚙ 2 years and up

Time and Place

⚙ Any time of day

⚙ During garbage collection 
⚙ Indoors (observe through window) or outdoors
(from a distance)


⚙ Nothing required


Optional Materials 

​⚙ Binoculars to better observe the operation of the garbage truck

⚙ Paper for drawing



⚙ Supervise children at all times 
⚙ Keep a safe distance from the garbage truck 

Play-based Context

Whenever the garbage truck approached, all the children stopped playing in order to observe the garbage truck in action.  

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