Quick summary: Children explore the nature in their yard through counting and measurement activities. Younger children walk around the yard looking for natural features that are bigger or smaller than themselves. Older children conduct a survey of the animals in their yard, and use the data they collect as the basis for further numeracy activities.
This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.
This lesson is designed to be taught outside. It contains all the tools required for children to reap the benefits of being outdoors while meeting the learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. By spending time outdoors and connecting to nature, children are more likely to care for and conserve nature as adults.
EYLF Learning Outcome
Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
3. 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
3. 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
3. Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media
- Older students – Counting on Nature.
- Why learn outdoors?
- Tips for making outdoor learning easier
- Designing your outdoor learning space
- Outdoor Learning – Risks/hazards and actions
Cool Australia would like to thank The Albert George & Nancy Caroline Youngman Trust – managed by Equity Trustees.
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.