The Role of Play in Environmental Education

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Nov. 24, 2014

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The Role of Play in Environmental Education

  2. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATIONAL GAMES, and ACTIVITIES for teachers, school camps, holiday programmes and parents in the education for sustainability (EfS) process. PPT 2. www.ConverseConserve.Com
  3. Time to put all the ‘serious stuff’ aside and get back in to some play … Time for a Play ‘Work-Out’ Two Obvious Benefits of Play in the context of learning - (1) Play is something children do naturally! (2) During play, children let their guard down and become more receptive!
  4. In this presentation, we focus on Protecting Habitats
  5. Sand play - habitat stories
  6. Sand Play Inspiration Reconnecting with Nature Bringing material on to a level children can engage and emote with. Enables the telling of a Story
  7. Stories for empathy and behaviour change • Stories convey information and arouse empathy. • Empathy is the first step to creating MEANING and sparking behaviour change. • Story-telling teases out the personal (micro - empathy) and the universal (macro – cause/effect, rationale) effectively • Story-telling can be used in the context of SAND PLAY, DRAMA & KIDS BEING TEACHER WORKSHOPS.
  8. Connecting with Nature via Play is Instinctive
  9. Sand-play preparation. • Children supply toys (Fish/Animalia), plastic tub, twigs, plants from the garden • Teacher supplies sand, marine dried plants, seaweed (pref. imitation) or these are made from recycled materials in craft class • Sand play – use of smaller tubs or sand-pits, or in troughs with water drizzling from a higher level (tin trough) • A treasure hunt tale evolves or a sand play story is told …..
  10. Sand–play story (marine life cycles) • Seaweed flutters across the shallows of the sea water, only to catch the eye of a fish floating by. The fish fossicks for the sea weed which it catches in its mouth. It ventures out in to the deeper waters and swoops down to the sea floor where it spies a sea urchin. Feeling generous, it offers the sea urchin some sea weed to eat. The child can tell this story and act it out in their own words, and their own way. • This play activity needs a fish, sea urchin like creature, and some artificial sea weed. Teacher asks pupil what is happening in their story, or story is told to the group.
  11. Young children will love that elephants as seed distributors ‘pooh out’ new vegetation habitats. Cartoon courtesy : Rohan Chakravarty – Green
  12. Elephant habitat sand-play story • Elephants and their impact on other habitats – elephant forages through the forest (add dense trees). • As it walks the elephant creates a pathway through, displacing bushes so grasslands form to sustain other species. Elephant’s deep paw prints fill with water, creating potential waterholes for smaller animals. • Elephant dung is left behind, breaks down and seeds are distributed for regermination.
  13. Tale of … Elephant Habitat trail Reveal magic of elephant trail. Elephant footprints are MARKED on page to indicate path through the forest of elephants. Collect small sticks & leafy twigs to show where the elephant came through. Collect bark - scatter about to indicate elephant dung – which disperses seeds for revegetation. Collect grass and scatter next to the sticks to show new grasses are growing. Help the elephant find the tallest grasses and draw on to page. (Guess what forms inside the giant footprint when the rain comes?) Required: poster size sheet of paper, drawing pencils, twigs, sticks, seeds, bark, grass, toy elephants.
  14. Habitats and Drains - Story • Children tell uplifting story about what happens when plastic bags and other rubbish are picked up before they enter the storm-water drains - Pictures of pristine rivers, trees that are not strewn with plastic refuse are shown. • One picture of a ‘gyre’ or oceans filled with plastics can be shown. Overdo these images - the problem can seem insurmountable. • After telling the story – work out catchy slogans to promote marine health. • One catchy campaign is – Take 3 for the Sea
  15. Keeping Drains Clean = Keeping Seas Pristine
  16. Adapt Games, Puzzles, Word Games and other activities to include environmental themes
  17. Make Greeting Cards, Bags, Party Hats, Calendars, including eco themes
  18. ‘Mermaid’ Workshops about protecting our oceans. Student led Recycled Fashion Parade using items from Op Shops dressing up as their favourite marine animals or land mammal - AKA Bargain or Thrift Shops. (Georg Schobel Painting)
  19. See our other Powerpoint Presentations For other examples of Activities and Games to be played All content by Nicolle Kuna, Creator and Writer for website - - blog and Educators’ page
  20. Sea Anemones by Ernst Haeckel
  21. Thanks for viewing this Presentation. Visit our Educators page - • Recycled materials were used in the making of this presentation including bread ties, recycled cardboard, fish poster, and printing done on paper made from industrial waste. Andrew Ioannidis – Bug painting
  22. Acknowledgements • Baz Catlin for Starfish Photograph • Kristian Laimmle-Ruff for Marine Photograph • Rohan Chakravarty – Elephant Cartoon (via Green • Ananda Marga Sunrise Child Care and Shenley Manor, Regis for photographs of the Sand Play tubs • Wikimedia Commons for Paintings by Georg Schobel and Ernst Haeckel. • Andrew Ioannidis for Bug Painting