Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Children explore the nature in their yard. Younger children are asked to investigate elements of nature in their yard. Older children are invited to think about what nature is and to remember what nature they have in your service’s yard. They will then draw or paint the parts of nature from the yard that they remember, and take their artworks outside to compare what they remembered about the nature in their yard with what is actually out there.

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 to 2 

Ages 3 to 5

  • Natural/not natural flashcards – Cut out each image and attach the provocations to the back of each corresponding image.
  • Paper.
  • A range of art tools such as Grasp Crayons, Jumbo Colour Pencils, Connector Paint Box, Jumbo Wax Crayons 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: When we talk about nature we are talking about all the living and non-living things and how these things are connected to each other. For example:

  • Animals need water to drink.
  • Animals need plants, rocks and soil for shelter and for breeding sites.
  • Plants need water to drink.
  • Plants need soil to grow in and to grow their seeds.
  • All living things need air to breathe.
  • Water has air in it.
  • Rocks and soil help to filter and clean water as the water runs down creeks and rivers and goes underground.
  • Plants breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, helping to keep our air clean and healthy for all other living things.

Humans can impact nature in many ways, and helping children understand how they can minimise their impact is essential for ensuring a sustainable future.

Content information about sustainability and creativity: Sustainability describes the ability of something to keep going at the same rate an

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