Activity Introduction

Earth-Hour-river-heroQuick summary: This activity has been developed to give children the opportunity to learn more about wind and energy. Children look at wind and wind power by playing with paper windmills and discussing wind energy.

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

earth-hour-160x160In 2016, Earth Hour will celebrate the places we love that make our outdoor lifestyle and the Aussie way of life so great. Our beaches, rivers, reefs, snow-capped mountains, farmland and national parks uniquely distinguish Australia as the “lucky country”. You can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register in Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 18th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 19th March 8;30-9:30pm.


EYLF Learning Outcome


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

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

3. Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

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

Equipment needed: Windmill templates, child-safe scissors, a piece of recycled card/strong paper, a piece of coloured card, a stick or strong drinking straw, a drawing pin or thumbtack, glue or gluestick, a hammer (optional), streamers and sticky tape (optional).

Supporting resources:

Collect items and images that are associated with the theme of wind to use as conversation starters.

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Energy from Cool Australia on Vimeo.


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





Teacher Worksheet

Earth-Hour-storm-heroBackground information:

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is to provide children with an opportunity to explore the topic of energy by looking at wind energy. Children respond to ideas and suggestions from educators around the topics of wind energy, and use play to investigate and explore new ideas. Older children will begin to develop an understanding of the relationship between the use of energy by humans and the health of our environment by participating in rich and meaningful inquiry based activities, while younger children undertake group investigations and explore their own interests as they relate to the topic of energy.

Content information: Energy is the lifeblood of our modern life. It gives us light and keeps our food fresh, it powers our industry, it fuels our cars, and charges our iPhones. Our energy is produced by burning fossil fuels and this has a range of environmental, social and economic impacts. One of the most significant being the emission of greenhouse ga

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