Our Connetix tiles are one of my most favourite open-ended toys in our entire play room! The kids use them for all kinds of play but sometimes I like to prepare invitations for them as well!

A few months back in the Little Play Club, we did a Community Helpers themed Play Pack! It was filled with fun play ideas and printables for exploring all different community helpers in our community. If you have a little person, I can almost guarantee that they love watching the Garbage Truck come to collect your rubbish. So I knew I had to do a little rubbish sorting invitation!

To create the invitation, I added some rubbish pins to the tops of our Connetix tiles* and then created some little sorting stones using the Tuscan Path Stones from Bunnings. You can grab all of the templates for this invitation inside our Community Helpers Play Pack.

To create the rubbish sorting stones, I carefully cut around the pictures and then secured them to our stones using a layer of Glossy Mod Podge. I like to use a wide, soft brush to add a layer of Mod Podge to the stone first and then add another layer over the top to seal. If you haven’t made Story Stones before, you can read and watch an in depth tutorial over in my How To Make Story Stones blog!

Once the stones had dried, I added them to a basket and used Blu Tac to attach the rubbish bin faces to the top of our Connetix tiles*. Next, I invited Elliot to sort the rubbish stones into the correct rubbish bin. This was such a great way to support his understanding about recycling and composting, especially now we have a worm farm!

You could follow this activity up with some printable cut and paste style activities from our Community Helpers Play Pack as well. This pack is full of hands-on activities and printables just like these! Grab a copy by clicking here.

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About the author

Casey is an early years teacher turned homeschooling mum of three who passionate about helping other parents create a play-filled home. She loves adventure days outside in nature and loves a good sensory tub. You can follow Casey on Instagram right here.

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