Outdoor learning, Eco-Guilt and Portable Seats
I’m facing an eco-dilemma. The cheap portable outdoor seats I use with courses and classes are wearing out after 2.5 years use. They are not environmentally-friendly as they are aluminium covered bubble-wrap. You buy a roll of the material for £33 and when carefully cut up, 36 seats can be created.
The air bubbles are getting flattened and the aluminium is looking worn 🙁
The seats are cheap and portable. They can be folded up and tucked under an arm or down the back of a rucksack, making them ideal for off-site visits and all ages. Each child can easily carry their own seat. If they are taking a packed lunch, the insulation properties of the material make it ideal for wrapping around the lunch boxes providing an extra layer of insulation. I like versatile resources.
I enjoy the way they reflect light and stand out on any surface.
On a dark day they brighten up the outdoor area!
They work well on top of wet benches – no excuse for not using the fixed outdoor seating!
As a path or stepping stones, these seats make an attractive path into a den!
Do you see that this child used her mat to chalk out her rectangle? Nice work!
A path? A boundary? A seating line? I’ve no idea but there’s an order to these seats
However I want to increase the lifespan of this resource. I’m looking for ideas and suggestions as to how to re-use them.
What would you do to re-use these seats? I did think of using them like stencils and letting children cut out shapes, patterns and pictures. Or adding them to the art corner. Or creating an interesting piece of outdoor art work. But I could really, really do with your thoughts and ideas… thank you in advance!