Activity Introduction

Sometimes the best activities can come from your own backyard. Gather some objects from nature and trace them to make shapes. Then match the shapes with the objects. This activity is great for stimulating memory and problem-solving and just good fun!

Some kids will be able to work on this activity with minimal help.

Ideal for: Early Learning Ages 3 – 4

Theme: 

  • investigate
  • fresh air
  • playtime 
  • brain teasers 
  • chill time
  • be creative 
  • think and connect

Time required: 20 minutes 

Curriculum connections: Science, The Arts, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

Help your kid/s trace the objects initially and go over which shapes match with the objects as you go. Is it skinny and long? Wide and small? This will give them something to think back on when matching them independently.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

  • EYLF – Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

Resources Required

  • Different-sized leaves and gumnuts from the garden
  • Paper 
  • Pencil

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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

Teacher Worksheet

Trace And Match - Activity Instructions

Sometimes the best activities can come from your own backyard. Gather some objects from nature and trace them to make shapes. Then match the shapes with the objects. This activity is great for stimulating memory and problem solving and just good fun!

Part A: Trace

Step 1. Collect a variety of leaves and objects (such as rocks, sticks and gumnuts) from your backyard or as you go for a walk with your parent/caregiver. The leaves and objects should be very different in size and shape. 

Step 2. Place a leaf onto a piece of paper and trace around it. Repeat until you have many different outlines on the same page. 

Part B: Match

Step 1. Once you have finished tracing all your leaves and objects, put your objects to one side. 

Step 2. Match the leaves and objects to the right shape on the paper. 

Taking It Further

If you have a few kids, you can get them to build their own leaf collection and after tracing them, they can swap their sheets a

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