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Week 3 - Children & Family Activity Guide

A Child more than anyone is a spontaneous observer of nature - Maria Montessori

Bu - 6 weeks to 12 months 

Nature treasure basket; Create a basket of nature-based materials to explore 

Resources needed:

  • Cones 
  • Leaves
  • Wooden pegs
  • Flower
  • Herbs 
  • Basket 

Engagement/Learning

  • Sensory exploration
  • Hand eye coordination
  • Exploration and investigation skills 

Perridak 1 to 2 years

Playdough printing; Make playdough, and using the natural materials found in the garden use them to manipulate, print and share the playdough 

Resources needed:

  • Playdough (flour, water, oil and cream or tartar)
  • Sticks
  • Leaves
  • Herbs
  • Flowers 

Engagement/Learning

  • Fine motor
  • Creative arts
  • Exploration and investigation skills
  • Sensory exploration 

Go-Yin 2 to 3 years

Potions and lotions; Using collections of herbs, sticks, flowers, leaves mud/sand and water allow the children to mix, mash and create with their imagination

Resources needed:

  • Cones, Leaves & Flowers
  • Herbs 
  • Sticks 
  • Pestle and mortar
  • Tub
  • Water/sand/mud

Engagement/Learning

  • Creativity 
  • Balance
  • Hand eye coordination
  • Fine motor 
  • Physical development 

Ngurr-Ngurr 3 to 5 years

Picture collages; Using the natural materials, you have collected create portraits and pictures of yourself and families

Resources needed:

  • Cones 
  • Leaves
  • Flower
  • Sticks 
  • Herbs 
  • Cardboard
  • Glue 

Engagement/Learning

  • Creative arts
  • Effective communication
  • Fine motor skills
  • Physical and emotional wellbeing 

Yurn 4 to 6 years

Easter garden creations;  Using sticks, grass, gum nuts, pebbles and leaves create yourself a Easter garden where fairies and the Easter bunny can visits and play

Resources needed:

  • Cones, Leaves & Flowers
  • Sticks
  • Herbs 
  • Potatoes (for the bunnies/chicks)
  • Carboard
  • Grass
  • Pebbles/gum nuts 

Engagement/Learning

  • Fine motor
  • Learning dispositions of concentration and persistence 
  • Connect to the world and the land
  • Creative arts 

Mon.Garrk School age

Bug hotels;  Using the natural materials found and collected make a bug hotel.  You may like to use a tin as the outer frame, or wrap wood around a cardboard box to form a hotel

Resources needed:

  • Cones 
  • Leaves
  • Flower
  • Herbs 
  • Sticks 
  • Gum nuts 
  • Bamboo sticks 

Engagement/Learning

  • Enquiry 
  • STEM
  • Art and design
  • Fine motor
  • Physical education 

Family-Friendly Recipe Idea:

Mon.Garrk balls (Echidna balls) - Serves 6-8

  • 1 kg minced meat 
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup of cooked white rice
  • 500mls of passata 
  • Dried Italian herbs
  • 1 Grated onion 
  •  2 grated carrots 
  • 450g of mushrooms chopped
  • 2Tbsp of oil 

Method

  1. Sautee the onion in a pan for 2 mins with the oil
  2. Add the carrot and mushrooms and herbs and continue to cook for another 5 mins – stirring regularly 
  3. Add the passata to the vegetable mix and simmer for another 5 minutes (for fussy eaters blend this sauce until smooth) 
  4. In a bowl mix the mince, eggs and rice together 
  5. Form balls with the meat 
  6. Add the balls to the tomato mixture and cook for 45 minutes on a low heat.
  7. When the rice pops through the balls to make them look like echidna’s it is ready to serve

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