Inspiring Young People Through Play - ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATIONAL GAMES, and ACTIVITIES for school camps, holiday programmes and use in education about sustainability (education for sustainability - EfS) Thematic focus is habitats/bio-diversity.
The Role of Play in ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
EDUCATIONAL GAMES, and
ACTIVITIES for teachers, school
camps, holiday programmes and
parents in the education for
sustainability (EfS) process.
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!
Sand Play Inspiration
Reconnecting with Nature
on to a level children can engage
and emote with.
Enables the telling of a Story
Stories for empathy and behaviour change
• Stories convey information and arouse empathy.
• Empathy is the first step to creating MEANING and sparking
• 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.
• Children supply toys (Fish/Animalia), plastic tub, twigs, plants from
• 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 …..
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
• 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
Young children will love that elephants as seed distributors ‘pooh out’ new
vegetation habitats. Cartoon courtesy : Rohan Chakravarty – Green
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
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
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
• 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
‘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)
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• 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
Andrew Ioannidis – Bug painting
• Baz Catlin for Starfish Photograph
• Kristian Laimmle-Ruff for Marine Photograph
• Rohan Chakravarty – Elephant Cartoon (via Green Humour.com)
• 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