You will need
- Pens or pencils
- Maps of a local attraction
It’s great to play this game while preparing for a trip to a local attraction (such as a zoo, park, or museum). The best maps for this activity will be detailed, with words or symbols to label different areas.
- Split into small groups, and give each group a map and a pen.
- Each group should have someone to lead their game.
- The person leading each group should say something that’s on the map. They should start simply – for example, on a map of the zoo they could say ‘the gift shop’ or ‘the giraffe enclosure’. The group should try to find the place on the map as fast as possible. They could point, or circle it with a pen. The person leading the group should keep giving the groups places to find. They should make them more difficult as they go - for example ‘where you’d go if your friend needed first aid’ or ‘the building between the toilets and the lions’.
- When the group is confident at finding places, the person leading the game should choose a spot on the map, and describe what’s around them. For example, ‘I can see the lions in front of me, and hear the elephants to my left. I can see the toilets on my right, and smell the pizza restaurant’.
- The group should try to find the place the person leading the game is pretending to be standing. They should point to it.
- Repeat steps six and seven until everyone feels confident with the map.
This game was a chance to try new things. Do you usually read the map when you visit places? Have you been to this attraction before, or is it a new place for you? How does it feel to visit somewhere new for the first time? How do you feel about the visit now you’ve had a look at a map and know a bit more about what to expect? How else do we get ready to try new things?
This game also let you practice your problem solving. Did it get easier as you got used to the map? Was it easier to find certain places, or work out where a person was based on what they could see? What were the trickiest clues? How did you find places when you had lots of little bits of information to help you work it out? What would you do if you needed to work out where you were on the map in real life?
Make it accessible
All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.