Quick summary: This activity is designed to encourage children to consider how they can save energy. Wearing appropriate clothing, managing cooling and heating systems, turning off lights can all save energy. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own comfort and wellbeing and notice how their needs change over time and throughout seasons. Older children will also be encouraged to explore what appliances use energy and how much.
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 have a strong sense of identity
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 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
2. Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing
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
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
5. Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking
Equipment needed: You will need a child safe Thermometer; Power Mate or other device which measures power use by a particular appliance; blankets; torches or other battery powered toy / light, rechargeable batteries and charger.
- Cool Australia – Hot and Cold
- Cool Australia – Enviroweek Sparky
- Cool Australia – Weather and Seasons
- Cool Australia – Earth Hour – Light
- Cool Australia Energy Toolbox
- Cool Australia Energy video (below)
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.