Activity Introduction

Maps are a great tool for explorers. It’s time for you to be an explorer by getting outside. While you are exploring, notice the features of your garden. Show your favourite features on the map, creating your own natural treasures map!

This activity is a great one to do together as a family.

Ideal for: Early Learning Age 3-4

Themes: 

  • fresh air
  • chill time 

Time required: 15 minutes

Tips for Parents and Carers

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world. It develops spatial awareness.

Before beginning this activity, prepare a ‘map’ of the outdoor area you are going to. If this is a botanic garden or zoo, you may be able to find one already made. Otherwise, create an outline of the space, and add in some key features such as paths or trees.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

EYLF Learning Outcome:

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

ELC-focused lesson:

Outdoor Learning – Backyard Mapping – Early Learning

Resources Required

  • Access to an outdoor area
  • A pre-prepared outline of your chosen outdoor area, with some key features drawn in

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

My Garden Treasure Map - Activity Instructions

Maps are a great tool for explorers. It’s time for you to be an explorer by getting outside. While you are exploring, notice the features of your garden. Show your favourite features on the map, creating your own natural treasures map!

This activity is a great one to do together as a family.

Part A: Mapping your walk

Step 1. Look at the map that you have been given. Do you know what it is a map of? Maybe some of the features give you a clue!

  • I wonder how we will know which way to go?
  • i wonder if we can find all the things on the map?
  • I wonder which direction we should go next? Left or right?

Step 2. Return to the start of your walk. Did you notice any other things that could be added to the map to make it easier to recognise where you are? Go on your walk again, this time adding other items to the map as you get to them.

Step 3: Talk about what part of the garden is your favourite. Find where this is on your map. Draw a tre

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