Virtual conference on Sustainable Toys/Materials (November 2021) (C5 activity, Part 1)

  • Little footprints leave a small carbon footprint behind: Virtual LTT activity on Sustainable toys/materials, November 2021


    FIRST MEETING DAY, 10. 11. 2021, 4-7pm (ETC)


    Anja made a short introduction to the meeting. Ekaterina (Bulgaria) presented the timeline of the first day and shared two videos about Bulgaria and city of Pazarzhik, where the physical conference was planned.

    Anja divided participants into 4 breakout rooms where they discussed outcomes of Sustainable toys/materials theme - problems, benefits. They shared the ideas in jamboard




    Workshop was followed by presentation (PPT) of Bulgarian school system presented by Elena (Bulgaria). Participants asked some questions which were answered by Ekaterina.

    Latvia was in charge of the first team building activity which was a scavenger hunt. During the break participants searched for different items from the list and presented them to others.

    Anja presented some theory behind unstructured (loose parts) materials using Canva presentation, focusing on the sustainability aspect of them. 

    After the presentation Ekaterina explained the instructions for an offline assignment each national team needs to do at home. 



    Present 7 most typical unstructured materials that you use in your country (daily work). Make a short (3-5 minutes) presentation.

    Deadline: November 22 (3rd day of conference)


    Link to the presentation:


    Johanna (Sweden) and her colleagues presented activities they did for this project theme (book exchange days, ideas to replace toys&materials with more sustainable options…). 

    Bulgaria was in charge of reflection time&team building activities. They did a game with a virtual dice, where each of the countries needed to answer different questions. 


    SECOND MEETING DAY, 15. 11. 2021, 4-7pm (ETC)


    Meeting started at 4.10 ETC with a greeting from project coordinator Anja. Ekaterina presented meeting day timeline. 

    Anja explained the instructions for a team building activity called Virtual trip to Bulgaria. Participants from 4 countries were divided into 5 breakout groups. Each of the groups was given a specific task they needed to solve together. They wrote down their ideas and posted photos on a jamboard. Bulgarian team was in charge of examining and commenting on results. When all teams finished we went on a virtual trip to Bulgaria.

    Link to jamboard:

    Bulgarian team took the participants on a virtual walk in Kalina Malina. They were able to see the playground, classrooms and common areas of the kindergarten and some of the activities they do, including performances for the parents. Video was narrated by Ekaterina who answered some questions afterwards. 

    Ekaterina also did a presentation of their activities of the project theme. 

    Presentation was followed by a workshop about designing activities with unstructured materials for preschool and school children. Each of the groups in breakout rooms was given a material and an area of curriculum. They needed to design one activity for preschool and one for school children. 

    Link to jamboard:

    After the workshop we did a short presentation of outcomes. 

    Spain explained what activities they did for the project theme in a form of PPT presentation. 

    Johanna (Sweden) did a reflection time activity. Participants were divided into national teams where they answered 4 questions:

    • How can you use what you saw in presentation today in your own school/preschool?

    • Do you need to modify anything to make it work at your organisation?

    • Do you see any difficulties?

    • Give two stars and a wish to today’s presentations. 


    THIRD MEETING DAY, 22. 11. 2021, 4-7pm (ETC)


    After the Introduction to the meeting and  organizational information (Ekaterina), Slovenia did presentation of activities from Sustainable Toys&Materials theme. 

    Link to the presentation:

    Ekaterina explained how they organize winter and summer camps and the benefits of such activities. She also answered some questions from participants. 

    Aija (Latvia) presented some practices, materials  and solutions in Preili Free School in connection with the project theme. 


    After the break workshop about next project theme was done. We went through activities and goals written in the project applications and added additional ideas, thought of in breakout rooms. 


    Activities for the next project theme:

    1. Collecting data about standards and norms for school nutrition (school kitchen, how many meals, what kind of meals, percentage of organic and local food ...).

    2. Making school garden (herb gardens, raised beds, pot planting ...) in every school

    3. Visit a local farm or produce supplier where the school kitchen gets its produce (if possible).

    4. Making school seed banks.

    5. Making a meal from produce from the school garden and recipe exchange (1 recipe from every school).

    Link to the jamboard:


    National teams also shared the outcomes of the workshop on 1. Meeting day - presentation of 7 traditional natural materials.


    The last workshop of the day was creating a plan of physical mobilities in 2022. In breakout rooms national teams discussed optimal times for physical mobilities and dates that are not suitable for them. We wrote down all the information on the jamboard and compared notes afterwards. We agreed on following dates:

    March 14. - 18.: Sweden

    April 27. - 30.: Bulgaria

    June 20. - 23. (or week after): Spain

    Slovenia: during the summer (beginning of July): optional- writing reports, organizing the documentation 


    Link to jamboard:


    Because the workshop lasted longer than planned we skipped team building activities (Spain) and final evaluation. Each coordinator will write a reflection/evaluation and publish it on eTwinning.