- Go outdoors and use your five senses to experience familiar surroundings in a new way.
- Make observations and find out more about a local natural place.
Touch: Wash your hands in as many different textures as possible, eg grass, sand, mud, bark chips, leaf litter. Finish by washing in a bucket of water.
Hearing: Sit quietly and count on your fingers the different sounds you hear. Use one hand to count sounds made by people and the other nature sounds.
Sight: Make rainbow chips from broken crockery, tiles or painted wood and try to find things that match these colours of the rainbow.
Taste: Is anything in your playground edible? Is anything poisonous and should not be eaten? What would the children like to plant or cook so they can taste it?
Smell: Discuss how dogs have excellent smell and on hands and knees take a sniff trip around your playground. Make up a care code for plants in your grounds then encourage children to mix up smelly potions from found materials, sniff, describe and name their creations.
Activity developed by Davina Hunt, DOC.
- Early childhood
- Native animals
- Forests and green spaces
- Native plants
- Pests and threats
- Marine and coastal
- Historic places
- Offshore islands
Curriculum learning areas
- Social science
- Education for sustainability
- Maths and statistics
- The Arts
- Health and PE