Games, waste segregation

Waste segregation – The Wheel of Fortune

Rules for waste segregation change frequently. Let’s encourage children to play together and determine where to throw a plastic bottle and where a banana peel.


  • 5 waste containers;
  • tokens with waste which has to be segregated (to be cut out and laminated if possible);
  • icons of bins. Bins have to be cut out, then fixed into empty containers.


The teacher sets on the floor 5 containers with bins stuck to them. The bins are labelled:

  • paper (blue),
  • plastic and metal (yellow),
  • glass (white and green),
  • bio waste (brown)
  • and mixed waste (black).


Children sit in a circle with the bins between them. It is important that children do not form two rows. They must see each other.

After children take their places, the teacher informs that they will play a game called the wheel of fortune.

The teacher explains that the aim of the game is learning how properly segregate waste.

How? Each child gets a token and states:

  1. What is on the token?
  2. Is it paper, plastic, glass, or bio waste?
  3. Which bin should the litter be thrown into?


If a child answers correctly to all questions, they can stand up and throw their token into the appropriate bin. To make it easier to understand, the teacher takes one token and says what waste it represents, what material it is made from, and then throws the token into the appropriate bin.

When all the children understand the rules, they are informed that tokens will be randomly drawn and given by the teacher who represents the wheel of fortune. The teacher stands in the centre of the circle with one arm reached out, pointing at the children (like clock’s arm). Then, the teacher turns around twice with their eyes closed. The child pointed by the teacher at the end of the last turn, starts the game.

After providing the correct answer, the teacher may give high five to the child. Then, the drawing repeats. The game ends with the last token. When the game is over, the teacher empties the bins, repeating to the children which waste was thrown into bins for paper, plastic, glass, bio waste and mixed waste.