Quick summary: In this activity children are asked to investigate colours in nature. All children are asked to look at a range of colourful objects found in nature, to share what they know about these objects and to sort these objects into different colour groups. Older children are then asked to create a picture from these objects by sticking objects onto cardboard.
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
4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials
- All ages: A range of objects from nature that are in different colours, such as flowers, leaves, stones, sticks, seeds and nuts, grass, feathers, berries and fruit. Small items should be placed in clear tubs.
- Ages – 2 to 5: A4 size or smaller piece of cardboard for each child, or large sheet of cardboard if working as a group. Glue.
- A collection of images of different colours in nature to stimulate discussion.
- 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.