Activity Introduction

blue_rainbow-sea-land_untitled_1-675-1-edit_photoframeQuick summary: This lesson is designed to engage children with the wonders of the ocean, how we use it and how we experience it. Children are invited to make a little sea at their centre, and to think about what animals and objects might be found in their sea. This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

blue-white-logo-120pxBlue is a feature documentary film charting the drastic decline in the health of our oceans. With more than half of all marine life lost and the expansion of the industrialization of the seas, the film sets out the challenges we are facing and the opportunities for positive change. Blue changes the way we think about our liquid world and inspires the audience to action. Find out how to screen or download the film here. Along with the film is an ambitious global campaign to create advocacy and behaviour change through the #oceanguardian movement. To become an ocean guardian, see the website.

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

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

1. Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

3. Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media

Equipment needed: 

  • A half-full bucket, tub or tray of water to use as the sea. Alternatively, you could create your sea in a sandpit, using a plastic sheet to line a hole in the sand, and then filling this hole with water to create a little sea.
  • A range of toy animals suitable to get wet. Your selection should include both sea animals (such as a fish, shark, seastar, seahorse, etc.) and land animals (such as cows, birds, reptiles, etc). You should have at least one sea animal for each child.
  • A range of sea-related materials, such as sand, shells, seaweed and pebbles/rocks.
  • A range of natural materials not normally found in the sea, such as sticks, leaves, bark, flowers and seeds and/or nuts.
  • A variety of waste items, such as plastic lids, plastic bags, food wrappers, etc.

Unit of work: Blue The Film: Early Learning

Cool Australia and Northern Pictures would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of GoodPitch² AustraliaShark Island InstituteDocumentary Australia FoundationThe Caledonia Foundation and Screen Australia in the development of these teaching resources.

© 2017 Northern Pictures and Cool Australia

The team at Cool Australia continually reviews and refines our Early Learning resources in line with expert advice and current educational practices.


Teacher Worksheet

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Information about Blue The Film:

From space, our planet appears as a tiny blue dot in the vastness of the universe. No matter where you live on our blue planet – you’re connected to the sea.

But the seas are under threat. The industrialisation that has occurred in the oceans over the last century mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial-scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered.

By international standards, Australia is a marine conservation leader. It has the world’s largest coral reef, the best-managed fisheries and potentially, the greatest network of marine protected areas on the planet. However, the crisis of ocean change lapping on our shores has critical implications for the future of our country and our way of life.

Ocean guardians across the generations and around our coast are speaking out. Blue The Film takes

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