Quick summary: Children investigate a range of natural features of the yard by thinking about, talking about and describing how these things grow. Younger children look at parts of plants and explore where they come from and how they grow. Older children look at a range of growing things – such as plants, insects and animals – and think about how these things grow by participating in role-play 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
2. Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts
3. Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media
- Younger children – Collect a range of plant materials, such as leaves, sticks, bark, nuts and seeds (seeds and nuts can be stored in plastic tubs or bags).
- 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.