Quick summary: This activity has been designed to support early learning centres joining in Enviroweek. By participating in this activity, children are given the opportunity to learn more about bugs and slugs they can find outdoors. Children make pictures about what they think bugs and slugs look like, and then compare the images to the actual appearance of a creature they observe first-hand.
This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.
Following this lesson plan is an ideal way for your centre to take part in Enviroweek. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing educators and teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change. Simply sign in using your Cool Australia login details.
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
- Rulers, spoons, sticks or similar items for children to use to “poke around” outdoors and stay safe while looking for and at bugs and slugs. You might also find torches useful. Use clear jars or petri dishes if you want to bring some bugs and slugs inside for observation.
- Drawing paper or printouts of Activity Sheet 1 and Activity Sheet 2.
- Slugs and bugs identification sheet.
- Build a bug house instruction sheet and materials for making bug house (empty milk cartons or other tubs, scissors).
- Cool Australia Biodiversity Toolbox
- Cool Australia Biodiversity video (see below)
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.)