Have equal piles of organic waste such as grass clippings and
leaves at one end of an open field. Place a pile of soil half the
size of the organic pile at the other end of the field.
Form two teams. Have teams each use their hands to put their
organic waste into a wheelbarrow. Then have them wheel it to the
soil pile, empty the wheelbarrow, and return for more until their
waste pile is completely moved. Have two adults for each team turn
the organic waste into the soil. After all the waste is moved,
declare everyone a winner. Emphasize that everyone wins when we
take care of God's earth. Then have a gardening expert briefly
explain how composting works.
Take kids to a littered field or park. Have teams race to
collect the most cans, the oldest paper item, and the biggest piece
of trash. Have kids create stories about how a piece of trash ended
up where it is to come up with the most unique history. For prizes,
give kids environmentally friendly items such as recycling bins,
stationery from recycled paper, or organic shampoos.
Have kids create a giant sculpture of the garbage. Make sure all
the garbage is secure. Place the sculpture in front of your church
as a reminder to recycle as part of stewardship. Take down the
sculpture after a few weeks.