Activity Introduction

Some story books use pictures and words to show us the natural world. In this activity, you will spot natural features, like clouds or trees, that can be found in both a favourite picture book and your own garden.

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

Ideal for: 

Early Learning, Lower Primary Ages 3 – 5

Themes: 

  • fresh air 
  • chill time 

Time required: 15 minutes 

Curriculum connections: English, Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy, Sustainability

Tips for Parents and Carers

You might like to pre-select some nature-based picture storybooks for your kid/s to choose from.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

ELC-focused lesson:

Outdoor Learning – Nature’s Stories – Early Learning

Resources Required

  • Access to outdoors
  • Blanket to sit on – optional
  • Picture book with nature-based theme. You may also be able to find videos of a suitable book being read.

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Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

My Storybook Garden - Activity Instructions

Some story books use pictures and words to show us the natural world. In this activity, you will spot natural features, like clouds or trees, that can be found in both a favourite picture book and your own garden.

Step 1. Find a place outdoors where you can lie or sit in the shade and observe what is around you. A blanket may make this more comfortable.

Step 2. Ask your parent/caregiver to read you a picture book of your choice (it should have something about nature in it). Make sure you can see the pages. As you listen, identify the natural features presented in the book, such as trees, insects, clouds or flowers.

Step 3. Next, spend some time looking around you. You could choose to do this from where you are sitting, or go for a walk. Look out for some of the same natural features that were in the picture book. 

Step 4. Use your imagination to create a story set in your surroundings, using the natural features you have identified. This

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