Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This activity has been developed to give children the opportunity to learn more about light and energy. Children look at light by playing with and talking about torches. Older children will also be encouraged to explore the different types of light and how they relate to energy.

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.


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

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

3. Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

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

Equipment needed: Torches, piece of paper, fabric, cushion, room that can be dimmed with curtains or blinds, wind-up solar torch (optional), Energy flashcards (ages 3-5).

Supporting resources:

Collect items and images that are associated with the theme of light to use as conversation starters.

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Energy from Cool Australia on Vimeo.


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


Teacher Worksheet

Background information

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is to provide children with an opportunity to explore the topic of energy by looking at light. Children respond to ideas and suggestions from educators around the topics of light, and use play to investigate and explore new ideas. Older children will begin to develop an understanding of the relationship between the use of energy by humans and the health of our environment by participating in rich and meaningful inquiry based activities, while younger children undertake group investigations and explore their own interests as they relate to the topic of energy.

Content information for educators: Reducing energy use can make a significant contribution to reducing your environmental footprint, and the cost of running your centre or home. There are lots of ways children can be involved and feel empowered to make a difference. It’s great to change light bulbs to more efficient ones such as LEDs, or buy appliances that are ener

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Student Worksheet


Click here to download the Energy Flashcards (PDF).

Print and cut out each flashcard and glue the image to the corresponding questions.

Use the flashcards in the light activity for ages 3 to 5, or use them as conversation starters/provocations for all age groups.











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