Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This lesson is based on Bluey, Season 2, Barky Boats. It uses intentional teaching strategies to focus on the capabilities of friendship. Children will challenge themselves to become a new friend with someone else at the centre. Using barky boats they will be encouraged to develop new friendships and undertake acts of kindness to help each other. They might even create a new barky friendship boat together.

This is an official Bluey lesson that celebrates the joy and curiosity of Bluey and allows children to build social and emotional intelligence and develop oral language skills. Most of all it has been designed to inspire creativity and imagination in your children!

Lesson Values: This lesson has been designed to provide opportunities for children to explore social and emotional learning through imaginative play. All lessons in the Bluey series are underpinned by a philosophy of play and imagination. In addition, this lesson specifically focuses on…

  • Friendship

Click here for a full list of values, and the explanations and learning philosophy that underpins these lessons.

EYLF Learning Outcome


Outcome 1:

Children have a strong sense of identity

1. Children feel safe, secure, and supported

2. Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency

3. Children develop knowledgeable and confident self-identities

4. Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect.

Unit of work: Bluey – Early Learning.

Age group: 2 – 5 years.

Time required: 45 minutes.

Resources required:

  • A collection of natural objects, bark, leaves – enough for each child
  • Device capable of presenting a video to children
  • Outside learning space for the collection of items
  • Water-play tanks or water-play area.

Evidence-based Approach

  • These lessons have been developed to support social and emotional learning, oral language development and play-based learning. To find out more, click here.
  • To learn about the Zones of Emotional Regulation, click here.

About Bluey



This activity has been developed in partnership with Ludo Studio. We would like to acknowledge the support of ABC Kids, BBC Studios, Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.



Teacher Worksheet

Part A: Watch Bluey 

Step 1. Begin by watching the Bluey episode Barky Boats.

You can watch this episode on ABC iView or through Enhance TV.

Barky Boats synopsis: Bluey and Mackenzie are excited to spend time with their two buddies, but when the older kids run off and play without them, Calypso has to explain that growing up can be hard.

Step 2. Once the episode has finished, take a few minutes to talk about what children noticed in the episode.

It is important for children to discover themes and lessons from the episode for themselves. It is open to their interpretation, and they cannot be wrong in terms of what they felt or gathered from the episode.

'I see, I think, I feel and I wonder…' questions are a positive way to engage children to reflect on their learning.

Using questions that prompt ‘I feel…’ thoughts allow the children to reflect on how they feel about what they saw in the episodes. This begins a journey of expressing their own feelings, and showing empathy to

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