Skip to main content

Brownsea Island discs

There are worse places to be stranded than Brownsea Island, especially if you can take some of your favourite tunes with you.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Big pieces of card
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Paper plates

Before you begin

  • This activity works best if you have a way to play music, for example, a device with an internet connection.
  • Try and gather some examples of single or album artwork – you could bring some physical CDs or show screenshots of Spotify or iTunes. A variety is best – how about including some illustrated examples as well as some photographs?

Choose your track

  1. Everyone should get into small groups.
  1. Everyone should think of a song or album they really enjoy listening to.
  2. Everyone should take a paper plate and write their name on the back.
  3. Everyone should write the song or album they’ve chosen on the front of the paper plate. They should also write what they like about the song or album.

Create your artwork

  1. The person leading the game should show everyone the examples of the single or album artwork.
  2. Everyone should fold a big piece of card in half to make a sleeve for their song or album.
  3. Everyone should decorate their sleeve, so it has artwork. They shouldn’t try to copy the ‘real’ artwork – they should focus on using colours, shapes, and images that remind them of the song, album, or artist. They should chat with their group to test their ideas – do people see what they mean?

Swap discs

  1. One person in each group should collect up all of the paper plate discs and sleeves into two separate piles. They should swap the piles with someone in another group.
  2. Each group should work together to try to match the discs with the sleeves.
  1. Once they’ve finished, everyone should share their answers. The group who created the sleeves should reveal the correct answers.
  2. Any musicians should compare the songs and albums people chose to the music they play or perform.


This activity was all about building friendships. Sharing music can be a great way to bring people together. Did anyone discover any new music they liked through this activity? Sometimes people’s tastes are different, and that’s OK. Did people ever like different things? Was it easy to understand why other people liked the music they chose?


Music and films

Make sure music and films are age appropriate for the youngest person present.

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.

For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.

As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.

All activities must be safely managed. 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.

Make it accessible

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.