Quick summary: In this activity children are asked to investigate all the elements found in a forest, including the plants, animals, water, wind and sunshine. Younger children are asked to look at objects relating to forests, and will work as a group to create a forest collage out of these objects. Older children will investigate forest images and will then participate in a forest role-play, looking at how all the elements of a forest are related.
This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.
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 transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another
- Ages – 0 to 2: A3 size or larger piece of cardboard, coloured paints to create a forest backdrop, images of forests and animals that can be cut up (you can use the images on the Forest flashcards and collect more if you need), leaves, twigs, nuts, flowers, animals (toys or images), and materials to represent the sun, wind and water (e.g. coloured paper or material), glue and sticky tape.
- Ages – 2 to 3: Large piece of paper or cardboard, images of forests and animals that can be cut up (you can use the images on the Forest flashcards and collect more if you need), leaves, twigs, nuts, flowers, animals (toys or images), and materials to represent the sun, wind and water (e.g. coloured paper or material).
- Ages – 3 to 5: Forest flashcards.
- Images of other ecosystems to prompt further discussion.
- Sounds of the Australian bush – e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp8LH4eiQNA
- Cool Australia Biodiversity Toolbox
- Cool Australia Biodiversity video (see below)
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.