Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Children investigate what nature is and what parts of nature they can find at their service. Younger children are invited to handle a range of natural materials and to sort these materials in different ways. Older children will investigate the nature at their service and create an ABC book of nature, recording and categorising the nature they see through the alphabet.

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

Faber-Castell have long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. They are also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experience throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.

 

EYLF Learning Outcome

Elaborations

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

4. 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

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

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

 

Resources required:

Ages 0 – 2

  • Collect a range of materials that resemble different parts of nature, for example:
    • Animals – Feathers, shells, fur or wool, leather, scales etc.
    • Plants – Dry and green leaves or grass, seeds and seed pods (place any small items in tubs with sealed lids), bark, sticks etc.
    • Water – Tubs of water that children can play with and/or spray bottle.
    • Air – Paper fan for creating wind.
    • Soil – Sand, dirt, mud and or clay.
  • A range of art tools such as Jumbo Colour Pencils, Connector Paint Box, Jumbo Wax Crayons, Playsafe Broad Tip Colour Markers and Jumbo Connector Pens.
  • Glue and sticky tape.

Ages 3 – 5

  • Materials for creating a book. Including art tools such as Jumbo Colour Pencils, Connector Paint Box, Jumbo Wax Crayons, Playsafe Broad Tip Colour Markers and Jumbo Connector Pens.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Background information

Content information about nature: While it’s easy to appreciate nature by looking at a photograph of some beautiful scenery, for many of us we need to see, feel, touch and hear nature to really experience it. Unfortunately, living in cities, towns and suburbs means that nature can feel a long way from the hustle and bustle of city living.

But take some time to sit quietly in even the busiest of cities and you’ll probably start to see and hear nature all around you. It might just be the wind in your hair, the sun on your face, the buzz of a fly and the coo-coo of a pigeon, the waddle of a beetle, but these are still elements of nature. And chances are that in your yard you’ll find many, many more parts of nature than you might have thought.

Spending time in nature – even just outside in the yard – is critical for the healthy development of all children. Being and playing outside provides children with opportunities to engage with their environment and to unders

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