Nature - Patterns

Nature - Patterns

  • Cool+
  • Early Learning
  • Mathematics
  • Geometry
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • Social
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Outdoor Learning
  • ...

Lesson summary

Children work in pairs to collect natural items from the outdoor learning space. Children create repeating patterns using natural items.

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Lesson Plan
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Teacher Content Info

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

EYLF Learning Outcomes:

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

  • 1.2 Children develop their emerging autonomy, interdependence, resilience and sense of agency 
  • 1.4 Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  • 2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

  • 3.3 Children are aware of and develop strategies to support their own mental and physical health and personal safety

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

  • 4.1 Children develop a growth mindset and learning dispositions such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity. 
  • 4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

  • 5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes 
  • 5.2 Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts 
  • 5.3 Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media  

Resources required

  • Device capable of taking photos
  • Device capable of presenting a website to the class 
  • Glue
  • Landscape photos from old calendars/magazine, A4 pieces of clear contact or A4 sheets of black cardboard
  • Student Worksheet printables (optional)
  • The Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following values:

  • caring/kindness
  • communication
  • creativity
  • curiosity and questioning
  • imagination and play
  • mindfulness
  • patience

Additional info

Age group: 3 - 6 years.

Time required: 55 minutes.

By spending this activity outdoors and connecting to nature, students are more likely to care for and conserve nature as adults.

This is an original Cool+ lesson.

Related professional learning

Teach Nature Play

Quick summary: Get your children outside and enjoying the many benefits of nature play. 

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