How to use the “Plastic Diary” in “Wayan and the Turtle King”

At the back of every copy of “Wayan and the Turtle King”, you will find a Plastic Diary.

There is a very simple idea behind the inclusion of a diary where kids can track their daily, weekly and monthly plastic consumption.

See, in order to understand and address a problem, we need to see where our weakness lies.

In the case of the diary, there are four potential problem areas:

  • Plastic straws
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic cups (single-use)


  1. Kids can fill in the diary by marking the diary every time they use one of the items above.
  2. At the end of the week or month, they can tally up the totals to have a starting point.
  3. They’ve read the book, and should start thinking about finding plastic-free options.
  4. OR their parents/ teacher should be encouraging them to find solutions and implement them.
  5. Use the tracker to see how you can reduce your plastic if you try.
  6. The tracker diary can be used in class or at home, as a topic to research and write about.

Intentions behind the Plastic Diary:

  • to promote reflective practices in children
  • to develop critical thinking
  • to develop creative solution skills
  • to create an understanding of personal responsibility
  • to create the understanding of personal “power of one”

I hope that you find the diary useful!

If you don’t have a copy of “Wayan and the Turtle King”, you can either buy a copy online or contact me! All proceeds from book sales go back into the development of the literacy project: printing, donation and distribution of the book to literacy and eco-NGOs worldwide.

Alternatively, you can download a copy of the Plastic Diary from TES.

Please feel free to send me feedback about how this worked for you with your students or children, or to tag me on social media.

Before you go, don’t forget to check out the other lesson plans on my website!