Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity children are asked to think about the noises of nature. Children of all age groups are asked to spend a few moments inside listening to the sounds of the indoors. They are then asked to go outside and lie on the ground, listening for noises in your yard and beyond. Children are asked to identify these noises and older children are asked to reflect upon what these noises may be telling us.

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 transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

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


Equipment needed:

  • All ages: Outdoor area for children to lie down in.

Supporting resources:

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Biodiversity from Cool Australia on Vimeo.


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Teacher Worksheet

Background information:

Content information: While it’s easy to appreciate nature by looking at a photograph of some beautiful scenery, for many of us we need to see, feel, touch and hear nature to really experience it. Unfortunately, living in cities, towns and suburbs means that the sounds of nature are often drowned out by the sounds of city living.

But take some time to sit quietly in even the busiest of cities and you’ll probably start to hear some of the sounds of nature. It might just be the wind in your ears, the buzz of a fly and the coo-coo of a pigeon, but these are still elements of nature. And chances are that in your centre yard you’ll hear many, many more noises than just the wind, flies and pigeons.

New words for kids to learn:

  • Listen
  • Hear
  • Sound
  • Noise

Activity: Sounds of nature

Ages - 0 to 2

What to do:

Preparation: Prepare a space outside where children can lie down and listen to the sounds of nature around them.

Begin this activity inside, asking c

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