Quick summary: Children will visit a local park or environment and will explore a range of natural resources, such as sticks, pebbles, leaves, seed pods, rocks, bark, flowers. They will sort these materials into groups in different ways, and then use them to create patterns, drawings and sculptures.
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 1: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
2. Children develop their emerging autonomy, interdependence, resilience and sense of agency
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 resource their own learning through connecting with people , place, technologies, and natural and processed materials
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
1. Children interact verbally and non verbally with others for a range of purposes
3. Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media
5. Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking
Please note: This activity is designed to take place in a local park, bushland area or wild space (beach, forest, creek, or bush).
- a digital camera (a smartphone will work just fine as long as you can download the photos).
- a collection of natural materials (you can find and collect these with the children once you arrive at your destination).
- Cool Australia Factsheet ‘The Benefits of Connecting to Nature’
- Cool Australia Digital Library Biodiversity
- Video: ABC TV – Catalyst program – Nature Play
- Video: Nature Play WA
- Video: Nature Play Department of Sport & Recreation WA
- Website: Land Art for Kids
- Website: The Children and Nature Network
- Website: Kidsafe Victoria Road Safety Program and Resource
- Website: Daniel Morecombe Foundation
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.