Activity Introduction

birdQuick summary: In this activity children are asked to think about the noises of nature. Children of all age groups are asked to spend a few moments inside listening to the sounds of the indoors. They are then asked to go outside and lie on the ground, listening for noises in your yard and beyond. Children are asked to identify these noises and older children are asked to reflect upon what these noises may be telling us.

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

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:

  • All ages: Outdoor area for children to lie down in.

Supporting resources:

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

honey-bee-biodiversity-heroBackground information:

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is to encourage children to spend some time quietly appreciating the sounds of nature. Children of all age groups are asked to spend a few moments inside listening to the sounds of the indoors. They are then asked to go outside and lie on the ground, listening for noises in your yard and beyond. Children are asked to identify these noises and older children are asked to reflect upon what these noises may be telling us.

Content information: While it’s easy to appreciate nature by looking at a photograph of some beautiful scenery, for many of us we need to see, feel, touch and hear nature to really experience it. Unfortunately, living in cities, towns and suburbs means that the sounds of nature are often drowned out by the sounds of city living.

But take some time to sit quietly in even the busiest of cities and you’ll probably start to hear some of the sounds of nature. It might just be the wind in your ears, the buzz o

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