School Holiday Activities at Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Creative Recycling Centre facilitates creative activities for children at Tondoon Botanic Gardens as part of Gladstone Regional Council's School Holiday Program. Our activities demonstrate how recycled and nature materials can produce both aesthetically pleasing and functional items.
Nature Clay Mobile - January & Easter School Holidays 2022
Using air drying clay, children pressed leaves and seeds, recycled jewellery, keys and other objects to make imprints on their clay pieces. Small holes were added for children to hang their pieces from a piece of driftwood to create a mobile.
Pine Cone Christmas Trees & Bonbons - December School Holidays 2021
Children enjoyed making Christmas decorations. Pine cones trees were decorated with recycled beads and bonbons were made with recycled cardboard tubing and paper. Some good old dad jokes were also available to insert in the bonbons!
Nature Weaving - September School Holidays 2021
To celebrate Biodiversity Month (September), CRC will facilitate a weaving activity using natural and recycled materials. A large recycled net will be strung between trees for a collaborative weaving piece that will grow during the holidays. Children will also be able to make their own mini looms to weave.
Yarn Bombing Tondoon - June/July School Holidays 2021
Recycled yarn and textiles were used to wrap, weave and decorate the trunks of trees in a designated area within Tondoon Botanic Gardens. Children also made their own yarn sticks to take home.
Yarn Bombing is a form of street art where objects and structures are covered with knitted or crocheted material as a form of public art. It is often used to make a statement, by changing the way we look at things.
This yarn bombing activity at Tondoon celebrates our trees and all the wonderful gifts they give. The children did an amazing job creating some unique tree decorations. The yarn bombing will be in place for the remainder of the school holidays and for the Luminous festival.
Recycled Bird Feeders - Easter School Holidays 2021
The Recycled Birdfeeder workshops were held on Wednesday 7th and Friday 16th April. The bird feeders were made from recycled tennis ball containers. Children decorated the birdfeeders with paint pens, and threaded recycled beads on the hanging wire.
Each session included tips for best placement of the bird feeder, information about sustainable bird feeding and what other elements can be included in backyards to attract native birds. We also played played a series of common bird songs to see who could guess which bird made the sounds!