Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This activity has been developed to give children the opportunity to learn more about light and energy. Children look at light by playing with and talking about torches.

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

earth-hour-160x160This activity has been created in partnership with WWF-Australia. Earth Hour is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off lights to show a commitment to taking action. Thousands of educators use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.

For the most up to date Earth Hour dates, times, and events, check here.

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

4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials 

Equipment needed: Torches, paper, fabric, cushion, room that can be dimmed with curtains or blinds, wind-up solar torch (optional), Energy Flashcards (ages 3–5).

Supporting resources:

Collect items and images that are associated with the theme of light to use as conversation starters.

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Energy on Vimeo (

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


Teacher Worksheet

Background information

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is to provide children with an opportunity to explore the topic of energy by looking at light. Children respond to ideas and suggestions from educators about the topic of light, and use play to investigate and explore new ideas. Older children will begin to develop an understanding of the relationship between the use of energy by humans and the health of our environment by participating in rich and meaningful inquiry based activities, while younger children undertake group investigations and explore their own interests as they relate to the topic of energy.

Content information: Energy is the lifeblood of our modern life. It gives us light and keeps our food fresh, it powers our industry, it fuels our cars and charges our iPhones. Our energy is produced by burning fossil fuels and this has a range of environmental, social and economic impacts; one of the most significant being the emission of greenhouse gases. A solution

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Student Worksheet


Click here to download the Energy Flashcards (PDF).

Print and cut out each flashcard and glue the image to the corresponding questions.

Use the flashcards in the light activity for ages 3 to 5, or use them as conversation starters/provocations for all age groups.


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