Quick summary: This activity has been developed to give children the opportunity to learn more about energy through exploring temperature. Through inquiry, investigation and play, children investigate the differences in temperatures between different objects found in their centre. Younger children investigate how the sun heats objects and how ice and water respond to heat from the sun. Older children talk about how we can keep ourselves warm or cool, either by using electricity or by putting on or taking off clothes. They are then asked to identify where we use electricity in their centre.
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
4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials
- All ages – Arrange a sensory table with items that either feel warm or cold. You could include items such as glass, an aluminium can, cold water, warm water, paper, ice cubes, a plastic water bottle or tub. Consider putting some items in the fridge prior to the activity to cool them down further.
- Ages – 0 to 2: Hot and cold labels.
- Ages – 2 to 3: Hot and cold labels and Electricity labels.
- Ages – 3 to 5: Playdough in at least two colours, Electricity labels.
- Websites – Climate Kids – NASA
- Collect items and images that are associated with the theme of hot and cold to use as conversation starters.
- Cool Australia Energy Digital Library
- Energy fact sheet
- Cool Australia Energy video (below)
Cool Australia Presents Energy from Cool Australia on Vimeo.
The team at Cool Australia continually reviews and refines our Early Learning resources in line with expert advice and current educational practices.