How good is your David Attenborough impression? Create mini ecosystems in a shoebox with natural materials from around your home, and perhaps you can practise narrating nature and start on the path to becoming a world-famous ecologist.
This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.
Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12
- fresh air
- be creative
Time required: 40 minutes
Curriculum connections: Science, Critical and Creative Thinking
This can be a messy craft session and might be best done outside.
Remind your kids not to tear up the garden searching for materials. Take only what’s fallen to the ground, and take only what they need.
Encourage your kids to get creative in their representations. Their ecosystems do not have to have perfect looking trees. Use what’s available in combination with your imagination.
You might like to go for a walk around the neighbourhood and talk with your kid/s about what ecosystems they can see and what they contain.
Complete lesson for classroom teachers:
Ecosystem in a box
- Cardboard (a cereal box or other flat card that can be cut into pieces)
- Coloured paper
- Coloured pencils or markers
- Dirt, grass, sand, rocks and other natural materials (these can be substituted with coloured paper)
- Device with internet access
- Shoebox (if using a shoebox is too difficult or will take too long, use a large piece of white paper divided into quarters)
- Sticky tape
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