Now this could seem a little odd to our OS blogging friends
but here in Australia
most children sit outside at tables, benches
or on the ground to eat the lunch they have brought from home.
That’s right a packed lunch is the norm here.
We don't generally have cafeteria’s in schools!
It’s a rarity.
Now this poses the problem of where to eat and how to keep an area tidy.
Finally I have found something that works!
It’s the Lunch Mat Trolley!
We simply bought online these lovely camp mats.
One of our clever High School Staff worked out the design when told what we wanted.
Another beautiful staff member spray-painted them to coordinate with our renovated Kindergarten rooms, castors were added for manoeuvrability and
There you have it The Lunch Mat Trolley!
How do we use them you ask?
Daily monitors pop outside just prior to lunchbreak and spread these beautiful brightly coloured mats about on the ground. The Little Learners simply get their lunch from their bags and plant themselves on a mat. They eat their lunches and return the mats to their class trolley when finished.
No more sitting on concrete.
No more dirty outside tables to lean on.
No more scattered chairs after every lunch break.
It Works a Treat
Our beautiful Kindergarten teachers introduced them as something really special that no other class had and ran through rules for using them. Much like anchor charts with Daily 5. Funny thing was that it has worked so well that each day after lunch we keep finding that the Little Learners have not only returned their mats to their trolley but they have grouped them in colours within the trolley.
Little Learners – you have to love them!