Activity Introduction

Being inside can be cosy, but there are lots of benefits to being outside! This activity will help you think about how to make the most of learning and playing outside while staying safe too.

This is a good activity to do as a family.

Ideal for: Lower Primary Ages 5 – 8

Themes:

  • investigate
  • fresh air

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: Arts, English, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Sustainability

Tips for Parents and Carers

Learning outdoors has a wide range of benefits for your kids. However, it is important that children understand how to behave safely and responsibly whilst doing so. Allow your kids to come up with their own ideas for what kinds of activities they can do outside and how to stay safe. Prompt their memories of other times they have spent outside and this will help them.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Outdoor Learning – Developing Outdoor Learning Guidelines – Years F to 6

Resources Required

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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.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

The Garden Is Home Too - Activity Instructions

Being inside can be cosy, but there are lots of benefits to being outside! This activity will help you think about how to make the most of learning and playing outside, while staying safe too.

Part A: Why Learn Outside?

Step 1. Did you know that there has been a whole range of research that shows that time in nature:

  • Is good for your body
  • Is good for your brain
  • Helps you learn
  • Stops you worrying
  • Makes you happier

Think about these questions and ask your parent/caregiver to listen to you respond to them. You may want to ask them to film your responses so you can look back on them.

  • How does being outside make you feel?
  • Do you think you are happier when you are outside? Why or why not?
  • Do you think you are healthier when you are outside?
  • What do you like about being outside?
  • What don't you like about being outside?

Part B: Creating Outdoor Learning Guidelines

Step 1. After you have thought about the questio

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