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Family day out at Storey's Field Centre aims to introduce children to the circular economy




A previous toy swap at Storey's Field Centre, Eddington, from left Maria Antonieta “Antoinette” Nestor and Vanessa Stea. Picture: Keith Heppell
A previous toy swap at Storey's Field Centre, Eddington, from left Maria Antonieta “Antoinette” Nestor and Vanessa Stea. Picture: Keith Heppell

The event this weekend will introduce primary school children to the circular economy through fun games, toys, and demonstrations from organisations and researchers.

All ages are welcome on July 20, from 11 to 2pm, at Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington. The mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Gerri Bird, will also be attending.

The event - entitled Children and the Circular Economy - aims to create awareness from the bottom-up about waste, recycling and the circular economy, and children can put into their own words what they understand by these concepts - thus internalising and bring into practice what they learn from the day.

There will be a toy swap shop, storytelling and a reading corner, hands-on activities by upcycling materials and much more.

The organisers, A toy's life and beyond, have selected July 20 as it is the last weekend before the summer holidays.

They believe that by giving children something to think about (before their summer break) they can start to put into practice whatever learning they get from the day into their daily lives.

Antoinette Nestor, founder of A toy's life and beyond, said: “The circular economy concept is becoming more widely used by businesses and in politics. Children are told to care for the environment, but is there anything else that they should learn about in order to care for the environment better? We think yes.

"By bringing the concept of circular economy to the children’s level and making children active participants of how they can contribute to saving the environment, we hope we can enhance their learning and create a better attitude towards recycling and help them think about what to do with our waste, starting perhaps by not throwing away their unwanted peas."

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