Quick summary: This activity has been developed to give children the opportunity to learn more about the sun and the energy we get from it. Younger children “paint” with water outside, testing to see whether the “paint” in the sun or shade dries the fastest. Older children experiment with shadows to see how far shadows move over a set period of time. This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.
Activity developed in partnership with
Hydro Tasmania has been at the forefront of clean energy innovation for one hundred years. It is Australia’s largest producer of clean energy – generating hydro and wind power – and the largest water manager. Hydro Tasmania has 55 major dams, operates 30 hydropower stations and has built some of Australia’s largest wind farms.
Hydro Tasmania also sells energy in the National Electricity Market through its retail business Momentum Energy, and sells its expertise internationally through its consulting business Entura. Visit the Hydro Tasmania website to learn how the business is working towards Australia’s clean energy future.
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
- Ages 0 to 3: Paintbrushes and rollers, buckets of water.
- Ages 3 to 5: Coloured chalk.
- Pictures – Energy Flashcards
- Websites – Climate Kids – NASA
- Website – Hydro Tasmania
Collect items and images that are associated with the theme of the sun to use as conversation starters.
- Cool Australia Energy Digital Library
- Cool Australia Energy Fact Sheet
- Cool Australia Energy video (below)
Cool Australia Presents Energy from Cool Australia on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/74926420
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