Near, There and Far

The education team at the Department of Education have created a short video and simple instructions for this popular nature connection activity (see link above).

Sit quietly, individually and concentrate on your surroundings.
  1. Focus on what is near. What can you touch and see close to you? What is within reach?
  2. Use your other senses (eg, hearing and smell) to notice what is there.
  3. Concentrate on what is far away. Which senses can you use to notice what is far away?

You could use this activity as part of a weekly or monthly routine, encouraging ākonga to choose a favourite spot around your school or kura and spend time noticing what is around them.

How do things change during the year or when the weather is different?

Near, There and Far works really well with the Nature Journal activity, encouraging ākonga to draw or write about the things they notice.

For older tamariki, you could link this with Citizen Science projects such as the Garden Bird Survey.

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