Activity Introduction

Sometimes, a rock might be smooth to touch, and sometimes very rough. It could be heavy, or light. In this activity, you will investigate some objects you find outside, and decide on groups to sort them into.

Safety advice: When you are exploring nature, look with your eyes before your hands, in case there are hidden prickles or insects.

Younger kids will need support to complete this activity.

Ideal for: Early Learning Ages 3 – 4

Themes: 

  • fresh air 
  • playtime 
  • brain teasers

Time required: 15 minutes

Curriculum connections: Mathematics, Science, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

If you have an enclosed garden, your kid/s can collect the objects on their own. Keep and eye on them to make sure they’re not touching anything dangerous, prickly or unhygienic (!). When they finish collecting, prompt them with questions to help them come up with sorting categories and description words for their chosen option. Give your kid/s a few seconds to think before answering as this well help them sort and recall information before they respond. This will reinforce their own knowledge and confidence.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

  • EYLF: Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • EYLF: Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners
  • EYLF: Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

ELC-focused lesson:

Outdoor Learning – Sorting and Patterns – Early Learning

Resources Required

  • Access to outdoors
  • Collection of natural objects (found on your walk, or pre-prepared)

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Categories In Nature - Activity Instructions

Sometimes, a rock might be smooth to touch, and sometimes very rough. It could be heavy, or light. In this activity, you will investigate some objects you find outside, and decide on groups to sort them into.

Safety advice: When you are exploring nature, look with your eyes before your hands, in case there are hidden prickles or insects.

Step 1. Go for a walk outside. As you walk, collect lots of natural objects - leaves, seeds, twigs, stones, shells and feathers could all be helpful!

Step 2. Take your objects back to a comfy place to sit. Touch and smell the objects! Talk to your parent/caregiver about what you notice.

Step 3. With your parent/caregiver, find lots of different ways to sort your objects. Try putting them in piles by their:

  • Size (big or small)
  • Colour
  • Weight (light or heavy)
  • Texture (rough or smooth)
  • Shape (round, square, long, thin, chunky, etc.)
  • Pattern (spotty, striped, zig-zag, etc.)

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