Education Hub

A fun way to learn about Paintback and how everyone can help make a brighter future.

Here you will find tools and fun activities to learn about how Paintback diverts unwanted paint and packaging away from landfill. You will also learn about how we are researching new ways to repurpose unwanted paint materials and help develop a circular economy.

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Educational Materials

Betsy the Paint Brush Colouring Sheet

Year Level: Primary

Paint can help make the world brighter, colour in Betsy’s world.

Colourful World of Paintback Fact Sheet

Year Level: Primary

A quick way to learn about Paintback and the work we do.

List the Ways I Can Help

Year Level: Primary

Consider what you can do to make a brighter future through everyday actions.

Lucy and Zach Colouring Sheet

Year Level: Primary

Paint can help make the world brighter, colour in Lucy and Zach’s world.

Pablo the Paint Can Colouring Sheet

Year Level: Primary

Paint can help make the world brighter, colour in Pablo’s world.

Paintback Wordsearch

Year Level: Primary

Pablo’s dropped all the words that make him think of Paintback, help him find them!

Pedro the Pug Colouring Sheet

Year Level: Primary

Paint can help make the world brighter, colour in Pedro’s world.

Penelope the Bluebird Colouring Sheet

Year Level: Primary

Paint can help make the world brighter, colour in Penelope’s world.

Percy the Platypus Colouring Sheet

Year Level: Primary

Paint can help make the world brighter, colour in Percy’s world.

Pete the Painter Drops Off His Waste at Paintback Colouring Sheet

Year Level: Primary

Paint can help make the world brighter, colour in Pete’s world.

Pete the Painter Drops Off His Waste at Paintback Spot the difference

Year Level: Primary

Pete the Painter has visited Paintback often, but this time a few things are different, can you spot what?

Pete the Trade Painter Colouring Sheet

Year Level: Primary

Paint can help make the world brighter, colour in Pete’s world.

Pia the DIY Painter Colouring Sheet

Year Level: Primary

Paint can help make the world brighter, colour in Pia’s world.

Pinky the Possum Colouring Sheet

Year Level: Primary

Paint can help make the world brighter, colour in Pinky’s world.

Polly the Perch Colouring Sheet

Year Level: Primary

Paint can help make the world brighter, colour in Polly’s world.

Sort the Recycling

Year Level: Primary

There is a lot that can be recycled, but not everything can be recycled the same way. Can you figure out what goes where?

Spot Betsy Paint Brush

Year Level: Primary

Betsy is searching for a Paintback location, can you find her?

What Can We Do in the Playground, at Home, in the Community, At the Shops?

Year Level: Primary

There are different ways we can help make a brighter future depending on where we are, what are some ways you can think of?

Characters

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Penelope the Bluebird represents Paintback as a symbol of nature and purity. Her presence in the adventures always signifies the notion of hope, freedom and responsibility. 

Penelope often acts as a guide or messenger, helping to show the way. While she doesn’t say much, her beautiful bluebird song heralds a brighter, more responsible future for us and the planet.

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Penelope the bluebird

Lucy and Zach are our connective tissue to the real world. They are the conduits through which our fantastical characters can alter and change outcomes. 

Lucy and Zach are everything you’d expect from children. Adventurous, energetic and full of zeal, enthusiasm and curiosity. They are best friends with Pablo and the gang, doing whatever it takes to make the world a better place.

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Percy the Platypus is a rare sighting indeed! He only ever appears in his natural environment. His character is seen as a barometer, measuring the delicate balance between nature and industry. 

Percy is wise, reserved and shy, but will always be there when his Paintback friends need him.

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Percy the platypus

Betsy the Paintbrush is another important lead character. She loves hanging out with Pablo and the gang and always wants a painting project to look its best, as long as it can be done right and responsibly. 

Betsy and Pablo love spending time together, as one naturally complements the other. They are always looking to a bright, colourful future.

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Betsy the brush

Pablo the Paint Can is one of our most important characters. He is an enabler, responsible for and capable of creating change.

His actions help us understand how the world of paint can change the environment. Pablo is smart, creative and often acts as a mentor, a true leader who shows the way.

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Pablo the paint can

Pia is Lucy’s Mother. She is often appearing to give advice and help the other characters do the responsible thing.

Pia is a strong leader. Clever, creative and especially good at solving problems and offering words of wisdom.

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Pia the mum

Pete the Painter is another very important character, and is Pablo’s foil. He is hard-working, good natured and always strives to do the right thing. He can often act as a comic relief, getting into predicaments that need Pablo to help him out. 

Pete is gregarious, doing everything from driving a paint recycling truck to painting an entire house.

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Pete the painter

Pedro the Pug is a gruff, mischievous little pug who belongs to Pete the Painter. He goes with Pete on all his painting adventures, riding along in the truck with him. 

Pedro often helps Pete, bringing him the tools he needs or acting as a sounding board for any of Pete’s ideas.

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Pedro the pug

Pinky the Possum is another character who represents nature and the environment in the Paintback world. Reclusive but inquisitive, Pinky likes to watch the Paintback adventures unfold, usually from the safety of his tree. 

He is a silent reminder of how precarious our wonderful ecosystem can be.

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Pinky the possum

Polly the Perch is a curious little fresh water fish, who pops up to let her Paintback friends know what’s going on in the local waterways. She is found in rivers and streams and loves to spend her spare time with her other nature pals, Pinky and Percy. 

For a little fish, Polly is brave, fearless and intrepid. Her personality is as big as all outdoors despite her diminutive stature.

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Polly the perch

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