From the 31st of January to the 4th of February the Playgroup celebrated the Environmental Week, where a series of activities dedicated to the care of the environment were organised. This week the children carried out different workshops in a playful and creative way, associated with climate change and the importance of wetlands and their conservation.

They had an agenda that taught them the importance of caring for the environment as well:

Monday 31 - Wetlands: we were visited by 2 guides from the Santa María Del Lago wetland, who provided environmental interpretation, what a wetland is, how many there are in Bogotá and taught us how to make a wetland with recycled material. Environmental routine: Water and its importance.

Tuesday 01 - The vegetation of the wetland: this day we were accompanied by the guides of the Córdoba Wetland and an activity was carried out by seasons: landscape, sensory, didactic games and invertebrates. A vertical garden was created in the GJ park and plants were planted in pots made from recycled material.

Wednesday 02 - The fauna of the Wetland: some animals travelled from the wetland to Helvetia School so that the children could get to know them and identify their main characteristics and we made a craft to take home.

Thursday 03 - Ecoladrillos or bottles of love
We learned how to collect single-use plastics, which are normally discarded, in bottles and then recycle them to make "plastic wood". An easy but effective way to contribute to the care of the environment. Each class will fill their own love bottle and as a homework assignment each child together with their family will have the mission to fill one and bring it to school when it is ready.

Friday 04 - What can we do at home and at school to protect the Wetlands?
The Recyclers of the Future brought us a great mission: to go around the school collecting rubbish and then put it in the right place. They taught us the responsible use of water and as a new mission: we washed the school bus without a hose, using a bucket with water and sponges.

Now our guardians of the environment have an important mission!
Each class has a bottle in their classroom to make an eco-brick with the packaging that is recycled in the school, and so that this initiative does not remain only in the school, each student and teacher, at home together with their family will have the mission to make an eco-brick and bring it to school when it is finished.

How to fill a bottle?

  1. Take a clean, empty plastic bottle, ideally a large one.
  2. Place all the flexible packaging that you use in the bottle, ideally washed and dry. Compress them frequently using whatever is available in your home.
  3. Fill it completely, until the gaskets are tightly compressed.
  4. The eco-brick should be quite rigid so that it does not deform when it is part of a construction. To make sure it is well made, try to squeeze it, if the bottle is deformed you can still get more waste inside.
  5. Send it to the school to be deposited in the container.

What goes inside the bottle?
Bottles should only be filled with plastic, you can include:

  • Packaging of biscuits, sweets, snacks, etc.
  • Laminated plastic packaging (has a metallised appearance on the inside)
  • Food bags (e.g. rice, sugar, grains, etc.)
  • Sachet
  • Plastic labels
  • Plastic wrapping of other objects
  • Toothpaste packaging
  • Markers (remove the mine)
  • Plastic moorings
  • Cigarette butts
  • Plastic nets
  • Plastic toothbrush (remove the soft parts of the handle)
  • Razor blade handle (removes blade and rubber part)
  • Plastic gift ribbons
  • Packaging of sanitary pads or towels
  • Stretch film or vinipel
  • Plastic disposable cutlery

 What doesn't go in the bottle?

  • No non-plastic materials (e.g. cardboard, aluminium, glass, wood etc.)
  • Food waste
  • Staples or metal elements attached to any plastic (must be removed)
  • Plastics with adhesive (e.g. tape, adhesive vinyl)
  • Icopor
  • Tetrapak
  • Latex (e.g. pumps, surgical or kitchen gloves)
  • Rubber
  • Non-plastic toothbrushes
  • Razor blades (the handle can be included, but the blade must be removed)
  • Blister packs of medicines
  • Disposable plates and cups

This week was full of learning, sense of responsibility and environmental protection, here we share with you some pictures of this wonderful experience: