Activity - Composting

Composting is a great activity that fosters ecoliteracy and concepts of sustainability, and can be easily implemented in all types of settings.
Extension of This Activity
The soil that has been composted by the children can then be used in the yard to create outdoor play space with tall grasses, sensory gardens and a vegetable garden. This is an extension to the composting that children of any age can have a part in. This will create a sense of ownership and an appreciation of nature.

What is compost?

Compost is the result of a natural decaying process that involves billions of micro-organisms acting the way Mother Nature intended them to. These tiny creatures can transform grass clippings, garden refuse, kitchen scraps, fallen leaves and manure into biologically rich organic material that makes a great soil amendment. Compost in the garden means improved soil quality and healthier plants!

Types of Composting

There are many different types of composts that you can put together with your learners:
- Indoor composting
- Outdoor composting
- Hot composting
- Vermicomposting (worm composting)
- Trench composting
See the links below, and investigate the different types of composts to decide which type suits your purposes best.

Potential learning outcomes of composting activities

Composting activities in the classroom can be great for all age groups, from young children to adults. The practical aspects of composting can be made very easy (simple bin composting) to more complex (with hot composting). You can gear the learning outcomes to the age group that you are dealing with.
Some of the learning outcomes include:

- Working in groups
- Making observations
- Learning about organic and inorganic materials
- Learning about the chemistry of composting (Carbon-Nitrogen ratios, Monitoring temperatures)
- And many more!

Links to composting activities

Here are some good links to various composting activities.