Quick summary: This activity has been developed to give children the opportunity to learn more about wind and energy. Children look at wind and wind power by playing with paper windmills and discussing wind energy.
This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.
This 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.
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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: Windmill templates, child-safe scissors, a piece of recycled card/strong paper, a piece of coloured card, a stick or strong drinking straw, a drawing pin or thumbtack, glue or gluestick, a hammer (optional), streamers and sticky tape (optional).
- Stories – The Windy Farm – optional (click here to purchase).
- Websites – Climate Kids – NASA
Collect items and images that are associated with the theme of wind to use as conversation starters.
- Cool Australia Energy Digital Library
- Energy fact sheet
- Cool Australia Energy video (below)
Cool Australia Presents Energy (https://vimeo.com/74926420)
The team at Cool Australia continually reviews and refines our Early Learning resources in line with expert advice and current educational practices.