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Banding together

Use a simple elastic band to explore the effect litter can have on wildlife.

You will need

  • Elastic bands
Activity Plan Banding Together
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Safety checklist

Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include: 

  • Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Make sure people wash their hands before and after using any shared equipment or resources.
  • Clean any equipment between different people using it.
  • Remind everyone to stay a safe distance apart at all times.
  1. Everyone should hook an elastic band onto their thumb, stretch it across the back of their hand, and put their little finger into the elastic band too. The elastic band should be across the back of their hand, held in place by their thumb and little finger. Their middle three fingers shouldn’t be inside the elastic band.
  1. Everyone should imagine that their hand (and arm) is a fish or bird. They have 30 seconds to try and free themselves from the elastic band, without using their other hand or their teeth, rubbing against anything, or getting help from anyone else.
  2. Everyone should talk about how difficult it was to get free. The elastic band shows the effect that litter can have on wildlife, like fish or birds. What items might the elastic bands represent?
  1. Everyone should talk about the other ways that litter can harm animals. They might get injured on sharp edges or eat litter that they mistake for food.
An illustration of elastic bands wrapped around hands.


What did it feel like to have your hand trapped? What might be feel like for an animal? What can people do to make sure that fewer animals are hurt by litter?


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.