Activity Introduction

gum-leaves-bidiversity-hero-260x300Quick summary: In this activity children are asked to distinguish between natural and non-natural materials. Children will investigate a range of natural and non-natural objects using a sensory box. They will then be asked to identify other objects in the centre and yard that are natural and non-natural. Older children will be asked to label these objects as being either natural or non-natural.

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

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

Equipment needed: Sensory box, a range of natural and non-natural objects to go into the box (such as leaves, stones, sticks, flowers, chalk, jar lid, bottle top, scrunched up paper, fabric, feathers, etc), Natural and Non-Natural Labels (ages 3–5).

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Consumption on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/85209033).

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

heart-leaf-heroBackground information

Learning goals: In this activity children are asked to distinguish between natural and non-natural materials. Children will investigate a range of natural and non-natural objects using a sensory box. They will then be asked to identify other objects in the centre and yard that are natural and non-natural. Older children will be asked to label these objects as being either natural or non-natural.

Content information: Many years ago most people were surrounded by ‘natural’ objects. Houses were made from natural materials, furnishings were made from wood, stone, cotton or wool. Food was sourced naturally and processed food was non-existent.

We are now surrounded by non-natural materials. Our houses are built from materials that are heavily processed. Even our food is becoming increasingly processed. For many of us, non-natural materials in our homes outnumber natural materials.

Understanding the difference between natural and non-natural materials helps us to bu

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