2015 Schools Competition - Nature Craft Entrants

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Riddells Creek Kindergarten - Vic

Year 6

Teacher: Barbara Sidey

1- Collect a variety of seedpods from plants and trees. This may be done by all at the centre. Children enjoy looking for these in the playground and parents can assist by looking with their family on weekends or during walks. Pods and seeds may be saved during the year in preparation for this activity. (We even collected old sunflower heads which dry beautifully)Acorns , old passionfruit skins, various native plant seedpods and pinecones are all seed pods.

2-Engage in some intentional teaching with the children discussingwhat seedpods and seeds and how they are moved around the countryside, ie; by birds, wind,animals that eat the materials and by people.Be sure to identify how amazing Mother Nature is in the way seeds and pods are so different yet all are designed to contribute to the continuing cycle of life.

3- Collect an old large picture frame , with or without glass. Op shops are great for picking up cheap ones. Remove any old picture and glass so just the frame is left. Awooden one looks great in the photographs.

4- On a large table, arrange seeds and pods according to type, into containers for each type. In front of the standing child, lay a piece of cardboard the same size as the frame and then lay frame on top of this.

5-The child them make their Nature Picture arranging their chosen materials as they like.

6- When the child is finished take a photograph of the picture.

7- The child can assist in loading this onto the computer and printing it out. We then mounted the photograph on a piece of coloured paper to display. The picture frame frames the art work beautifully.

8-The child then returns to their work and returns all the materials they used to their correct containers. This is a great classification exercise and requires the child to carefully examine materials which in turn leads to some great convwersations about size, colour,shape etc; This also ancourages each child to leave the activity ready for the next person.

We found that no 2 pictures were the same as each child approached the activity differently . Some even did their pictures stacking the seedpods creating a vertical picture.

LEARNING OUTCOME 2- Children develop and awareness of the impact of human activity on environments and the interdependence of living things. Children use play to investigate, project and explore new ideas.

LEARNING OUTCOME 4 -Children use their senses to explore natural and built environments.

LEARNING OUTCOME 5- Children engage with technology for fun and to make meaning.


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