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- Everyone should find a spot outside where they’d like to spend their solo time. The person leading the game could give people a bit of time to explore the area and choose, or they could give people spaces to explore.
- Everyone should get comfortable and pay attention to what’s around them. How can they take it all in? Which of their senses do they tend to use first?
- The person leading the activity should encourage everyone to focus on a couple of senses at a time. What can people see? What happens if they close their eyes? Can they notice what they hear?
- The person leading the activity should help everyone to focus on another sense, like touch. What can people feel? Can they find things with different textures, for example, rough tree bark, smooth blades of grass, and cool pebbles? Can they feel the breeze on their skin?
- Finally, the person leading the activity should encourage everyone to tune into their senses of smell and taste. Do nearby trees and plants have a smell? What is it like?
This activity was about valuing the outdoors. Were people used to visiting this place, or was it a new environment? What different wildlife did they spot? How did the outdoor space feel different to other outdoor areas? People could think about how the temperature or sunlight felt different, or the different smells they noticed.
What sense did people enjoy using the most? Were there any surprises when they took time to pause in nature? If people could pack up one sight, sound, smell, taste, and feeling to take home, what would it be?
This activity also gave people a chance to think about being responsible. How did people do the right thing during their visit? Perhaps they helped to pick up litter or left a small animal alone even though it was really tempting to pick it up to see it better. Humans have a huge impact on outdoor areas like woodland. How could people do their best to take care of forests? Planting new trees is one of the least expensive ways to reduce carbon emissions – an added bonus is that dedicating space to trees means that there’s more space for other life to grow and thrive.
- Outdoor activities
You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.
- Gardening and nature
Everyone must wash their hands after the activity has finished. Wear gloves if needed. Explain how to safely use equipment and set clear boundaries so everyone knows what’s allowed.