Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity children investigate seeds in their local area. Younger children are asked to observe and touch a range of seeds (and other natural materials) found in their local area, and to use these materials in art and craft activities. Older children will go for a walk in their local area, looking for seeds (and other natural materials) which they will collect to incorporate into art and craft activities. Older children will also make a map of the route they walked and will mark the main features of their walk on their map. This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

This activity has been developed in partnership with   ACT_FOR_BEES_Inline_Ident_CMYK

 

EYLF Learning Outcome

Elaborations

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

4. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies, and natural and processed materials

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

1. Children interact verbally and non verbally with others for a range of purposes

 

Unit of work: Love Food? Love Seeds! – Early Learning

Resources required:

Ages 0 – 2 – 

  • Collect a range of fallen seeds and seed pods from your local area, such as acorns, pine cones, gum nuts etc. Where necessary, place smaller seeds in sealable plastic tubs to prevent children putting the seeds in their mouths. You could also collect a range of other natural materials, such as interesting leaves and bark.
  • A natural medium such as clay or sand.
  • Craft materials, such as glue, paper, tape, string, paint etc.

Ages 3 to 5 – 

  • Craft materials such as cardboard, glue, tape, string, marker pens etc.
  • Hats, sunscreen and any other equipment specified in your centre’s outdoor play policy. 

Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Background information

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is for children to become familiar with the plants and seeds in their local area. Younger children observe and touch a range of seeds (and other natural materials) found in their local area, and to use these materials in arts and craft activities. Older children will go for a walk in their local area, identifying seeds (and other natural materials) and other natural materials associated with the plants from which the seeds come from. Older children will then incorporate these seeds and natural materials into art and craft activities. Older children will also learn how to make a map of the route they walked.

Teacher content information: Bees first appeared on Earth at least 80 million years ago. The ancestors of modern bee species lived alongside the dinosaurs - a time when giant pines, cedars, tree ferns and cycads were the main plants and the air swarmed with primitive insects, including oversized dragonflies and giant

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