Activity Introduction

heart-leaf-heroQuick summary: This activity is designed to encourage children and educators to explore the many ways natural materials and loose parts can be used for creative and craft activities. There is no limit to how natural materials can be used. Give your imagination some nature time! 

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 resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies, and natural and processed materials

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

3. Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media

Equipment needed: A garden, yard or other natural space, natural materials (clay, sand, flowers, leaves, bark, rocks, sticks, feathers, nuts, seedpods, herbs, etc), a box or basket, string.

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Teacher Worksheet

Background information

Nature provides limitless opportunities for developing creativity. Materials provided by nature stimulate our senses and promote development. Using natural materials for craft activities requires problem solving and creativity; things don’t fit together as neatly as Lego, and sticky tape doesn’t always work on rocks! Children often manipulate natural materials differently than other craft materials.

Nature is everywhere, so materials are readily available. Step outside and have a look around, and you will never look at a seed pod the same way again. Children can see possibilities everywhere and resource their own creative inspiration.

Nature is versatile. Natural materials can be used a million different ways; you are only limited by your imagination.

Nature doesn’t cost much!  You can create with natural materials for little or no cost. It is important though to discuss with children that they need to be careful when collecting natural materials and to encou

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