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 Ages 3 – 4
- fresh air
- chill time
Time required: 15 minutes
Curriculum connections: Geography, Mathematics, Critical and Creative Thinking, Sustainability
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.
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
Outdoor Learning – Backyard Mapping – Early Learning
- Access to an outdoor area
- A pre-prepared outline of your chosen outdoor area, with some key features drawn in
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