Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students will explore some of the amazing colours that can be found in nature. Children are asked to stand or sit in one spot, and to see how many colours they can see in nature from that spot.

Learning intentions: 

  • Students will be able to identify a range of colours.
  • Students will understand that there are many colours in nature.


Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Foundation Arts

  • Explore ideas, experiences, observations and imagination to create visual artworks and design, including considering ideas in artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists (ACAVAM106)

Syllabus OutcomesSTe-4WS

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.

Topic: Sustainability.

Time required: 30 minutes

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Lead students in outdoor activities and observations.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website to the class.


Keywords: Nature, colour, foundation.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Activity outline: 

In this activity students will find as many colours as they can just by standing or sitting in one spot outside.


Take your students outside and ask them to stand or sit in one spot, without moving (they can move their heads and turn around but should stay standing or sitting on the one spot).

  • How many colours can they see?
  • Where are these colours and what do they belong too?
  • Which are their favourite colours?
  • Do they know the names of all the colours they are looking at?
  • Do they know the names of all the things that the colours belong to?

Remember to look at birds and insects, trees, flowers, the sky, the grass, any seeds or berries, and any rocks and pebbles.

Although this activity is specifically focused on colours in nature, your students will probably pick up colours associated with built objects. This can be a good opportunity to discuss the difference between what nature is and what humans make. We like to think that nature is a

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