Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This lesson is based on Bluey, Season 2, Rug Island. It uses intentional teaching strategies to focus on the capability of curiosity about the natural world. Children will recreate an island setting for socio-dramatic play, navigating the sensory experiences of that space whilst exploring their emotional reactions to stimuli.

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…

  • Curiosity

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

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

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

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

Outcome 5:

Children are effective communicators

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

2. Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts

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

Unit of work: Bluey – Early Learning.

Age group: 2 – 5 years.

Time required: 45 minutes.

Resources required:

  • Art supplies – crayons and markers
  • Bucket or shallow dish
  • Cardboard toilet rolls
  • Chairs
  • Container for use as a treasure chest
  • Device capable of presenting a video to children
  • Paper
  • Pillows
  • Potted Plants
  • Rugs or Blankets
  • Sea Life Images – print and cut out (these could be coloured and decorated by children)
  • Water.

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 lesson 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. You can begin by watching the Bluey episode Rug Island.

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

Rug Island synopsis: On Bingo and Bluey’s Rug Island, a pack of felt pens can be anything - bananas, campfires, even a snake! But Dad will need to embrace his inner kid if he wants to make it his home.

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. Using questions that begin with “I wonder…” is a great way to get children sharing their own ideas; ‘I wonder…” questions don’t necessarily have a correct answer, leaving children open to explore and share their own ideas without fear of being wrong.

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