Activity Introduction

child playing with water photoframeQuick 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 the 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).

Resources Required:

  • Copies of a map of your local neighbourhood (downloaded from the internet or copies from the street directory)
  • Clipboards, pencils and crayons (or other tools for mark-making) for each child

Supporting resources:

Cool Australia Presents… Biodiversity from Cool Australia on Vimeo.

Other resources:


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Teacher Worksheet

two boys walking along track photoframeBackground information

Content information for educators (also suitable for parents): This activity is designed to get children out and about, exploring their local environment, a local park, nearby nature, local shops, libraries or a wild space. Younger children will experience the outdoors through all their senses. Older children will explore their local environment to gain a deeper understanding of their place and their connections to it. Children develop fine and gross motor skills; social and emotional skills; risk assessment and critical thinking skills; and language and communication skills; readily when active in nature. They can also learn respect and care for all living things and nature play can assist children to understand the world around them.

VIDEO: Nature Play WA Inc is an incorporated not-for-profit association established to increase the time Western Australian children spend in unstructured play outdoors and in nature. (

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