You will need
- Big pieces of paper
- Sticky tape
Before you begin
- This is a really good activity to do any time of the year, but it works especially well in autumn.
- Plan a trip to a local natural space. If you have a choice, you could ask the group which place they’d prefer to visit.
- You could do this activity while you’re walking between activities, for example, if you’re at an adventure centre or if you want activities to break up a longer hike.
Prepare your pallet
- Everyone should get into small groups.
- Each group should get a big piece of paper, some tape, and a pair of scissors.
- The person leading the activity should explain that everyone will be going on a short walk that passes by a variety of nature. They should also explain the boundaries and ground rules that will keep everyone safe.
- As everyone explores, they should collect natural items of different colours. They should aim to find around five colours – can they find the primary colours of red, yellow, and blue?
- Each group should attach the colourful items they’ve collected to big pieces of paper to create a paint pallet.
Was anybody surprised at how many different colours they found? Was anyone disappointed not to find a specific colour? How might more colour be introduced into a natural environment? Why is this a good thing?
- Visits away from your meeting place
Do a risk assessment and include hazards such as roads, woodland, bodies of water (for example, rivers, ponds, lakes, and seas), plants, and animals.
You’ll probably need more adult helpers than usual. Your risk assessment should include how many adults you need. The young people to adult ratios are a minimum requirement; when you do your risk assessment, you might decide that you need more adults than the ratio specifies.
Think about extra equipment that you may need to take with you, for example, a first aid kit, water, and waterproofs.
Throughout the activity, watch out for changes in the weather and do regular headcounts.
- 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.
- Hiking and walking
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
- Sharp objects
Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.