Activity Introduction

pink-flowerQuick summary: In this activity children are asked to investigate colours in nature. All children are asked to look at a range of colourful objects found in nature, to share what they know about these objects and to sort these objects into different colour groups. Older children are then asked to create a picture from these objects by sticking objects onto cardboard.

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

EYLF Learning Outcome

Elaborations

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

 

Equipment needed:

  • All ages: A range of objects from nature that are in different colours, such as flowers, leaves, stones, sticks, seeds and nuts, grass, feathers, berries and fruit. Small items should be placed in clear tubs.
  • Ages – 2 to 5: A4 size or smaller piece of cardboard for each child, or large sheet of cardboard if working as a group. Glue.

Supporting resources:

  • A collection of images of different colours in nature to stimulate discussion.

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Biodiversity from Cool Australia on Vimeo.

 

Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

treesBackground information:

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is to encourage children to explore the colours of nature. Children of all ages are asked look at a range of colourful objects found in nature, to share what they know about these objects and to sort these objects into different colour groups. Older children are then asked to create a picture with these objects by sticking objects onto cardboard.

Content information: It's hard to ignore some of the big ticket colours in nature; a blue sky, a pink sunset, an aquamarine sea, a golden yellow desert, or a cool green rainforest. These really are the scenes whose colours can make you stop in your tracks. But there are just as many - if not more - colours in the small details of the ordinary everyday bits of nature. Look closely at a leaf, or at flowers on the footpath, or in the seedpods under the tree. While they may not be big, bold and brilliant they do help to remind us that we actually live in a world of amazing colour.

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Student Worksheet

plant-pictureMake a plant picture

Using the colourful, natural objects you have collected, ask children to make a plant picture by sticking the objects onto cardboard.

Children can work in a group, in pairs or independently.

 

 

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