Quick summary: Children will be led on a series of journeys around their local neighbourhood and will be encouraged to observe the world around them, including local sights, terrain and directions. Older children will follow the journey on printed maps and then create their own ‘map’ drawings to describe their journey they have taken. This activity can be repeated at different times of the year to encourage children to observe the variations that occur in nature due to changing seasons.
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).
- Copies of a map of your local neighbourhood (downloaded from the internet or copies from the street directory)
- Clipboards, pencils and crayons (or other tool for mark-making) for each child
- Cool Australia Factsheet ‘The Benefits of Connecting to Nature’
- Cool Australia Digital Library Clean Up Australia Day
- Cool Australia Digital Library Schools Tree Day
- Cool Australia Digital Library Nature of Mindfulness
- 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: The Children and Nature Network
- Website: Kidsafe Victoria Road Safety Program and Resources
- Website: Daniel Morecombe Foundation
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.