Activity Introduction

Spend time with your child outside, while noticing and describing the features of your garden.

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: Science

Tips for Parents and Carers

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world and develop mindful awareness of their surrounding environment.

While you walk around the garden with your kids, draw their focus to various objects by saying things like; “Look. The tree has yellow leaves” or “I can smell a beautiful rose”.

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

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Outdoor Learning – Backyard Mapping – Early Learning

Resources Required

  • Access to an outdoor area

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Student Worksheet

Nature Walk - Activity Instructions

Spend time with your child outside, while noticing and describing the features of your garden.

What Will We See?

Step 1. Walk around your garden or outdoor area with your parent/caregiver. As you are walking, ask the following questions: 

  • I wonder what sounds we can hear on our walk?
  • I wonder what smells we can smell on our walk?
  • I wonder what has changed since we came last time?
  • I wonder what we will see today?

Step 2. After walking for a bit and noticing the features of the outdoor area, choose your favourite part of the garden or outdoor space and explain to your parent/caregiver why it is your favourite. 

Taking It Further

  • Repeat this walk on several different days. Talk about any changes that you notice.
  • Count the number of steps you take as you walk between features.
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