Quick 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.
- Cool Australia Biodiversity Toolbox
- Cool Australia Biodiversity video (below)
Cool Australia Presents Biodiversity on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/77933476).
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.