This resource helps educators to engage in science with children aged 2–8 years in their own outdoor environments.
It was co-created by Rebecca Browne in partnership with three Wellington-region ECE centres: Raumati South Kindergarten, Kiwi Kids Childcare (Karori), and Imagine Childcare, as part of Te Papa's 'It’s a Bug’s Life' education research project in 2016.
There are lots of helpful recommendations, activity ideas, case studies, and details about other resources, to inform, guide, and inspire your scientific journeys.
Click on the link provided above to download the full PDF document and explore related education resources on the Te Papa website.
It's a Bug's Life unpacks the five science capabilities framework, and introduces the scientific process showing how useful these are for teaching and learning science at this level.
Te Whāriki links: Exploration, Belonging, Contribution, Communication
NZ Curriculum links: Nature of Science (Level 1 and 2)
Although this project focused on bugs, the content of this resource can also help support teaching for other living-world topics.