Activity Introduction

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 light and energy. Children look at light by playing with and talking about torches.

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

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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. 



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: Torches, piece of paper, fabric, cushion, room that can be dimmed with curtains or blinds, wind-up solar torch (optional), Energy flashcards.

Supporting resources:

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Energy from Cool Australia on Vimeo.


The team at Cool Australia continually reviews and refines our Early Learning resources in line with expert advice and current educational practices.


Teacher Worksheet

Background information:

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is to provide children with an opportunity to explore the topic of energy by looking at light. Children respond to ideas and suggestions from educators around the topics of light, and use play to investigate and explore new ideas. Older children will begin to develop an understanding of the relationship between the use of energy by humans and the health of our environment by participating in rich and meaningful inquiry based activities, while younger children undertake group investigations and explore their own interests as they relate to the topic of energy.

Content information: Energy is the lifeblood of our modern life. It gives us light and keeps our food fresh, it powers our industry, it fuels our cars, and charges our iPhones. Our energy is produced by burning fossil fuels and this has a range of environmental, social and economic impacts. One of the most significant being the emission of greenhouse gases. A solut

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