Kids will use their observation skills in a structured way to explore a space outside. Kids will take a walk outside and look for shapes, patterns and textures that can be found in nature, and will keep a record of their observations.
Safety advice: Ensure kids understand risks associated with touching objects that are outside, such as prickly or poisonous plants.
This activity is a great one to do together as a family. Younger children will need support to complete this activity.
Idea for: Lower Primary Ages 6 – 8
- fresh air
- get moving
Time required: 20 to 30 minutes
Curriculum connections: Mathematics, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking
When completing an activity like this with kids, it can be useful to use additional prompts around what you’re doing to deepen the experience for kids. Prompts you could use include:
- Why do you think that? Tell me more about that.
- What does this make you think about?
- What information is new to you?
- What questions do you have about this?
- What did you find interesting or important about this?
- Year 1 Mathematics: ACMMG022, ACMMG019
- Year 1 Science: ACSIS027
- Year 2 Mathematics: ACMMG037, ACMMG043
- Year 2 Science: ACSIS040
Complete lesson for classroom teachers:
Colours, shapes and patterns
- Pen and paper
- Device capable of taking photos (optional)
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