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On the flipside

Use your senses to see nature from a different perspective.

You will need

  • Scarves (such as neckers)
Activity Plan On The Flipside
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Emotion

Feel joy, wonder, and calm when interacting with the natural world.

Discover the five pathways to nature connectedness >

Before you begin

Choose an appropriate outdoor area for this activity. If you’re going to meet there (rather than at your usual meeting place), make sure parents and carers know exactly where you’ll be and what time to drop off and collect everyone.

Play the game

  1. Everyone should gather at the agreed place.
  2. The person leading the activity should explain any specific safety arrangements for the activity.
  1. Everyone should get into pairs.
  1. One people in each pair should tie their scarf over their eyes to make a blindfold.
  2. The other person in each pair should guide their blindfolded friend somewhere interesting and position them in a way that captures a unique view.
  1. Once they’re in position, the blindfolded person should feel, smell, and listen to everything around them. Can they work out what they’re looking at?
  2. After the blindfolded person has used their senses to explore where they are, they can remove their blindfold and take in the view.

Reflection

This activity gave everyone a chance to think about what makes a great leader. Some people had the chance to give leading a go.

What was it like to guide someone who couldn’t see? Was it a lot of responsibility? If the person leading hadn’t tried their best, others could’ve hurt themselves. It was important for the leaders to be trustworthy.

This activity was also about valuing the outdoors. Ask everyone to say three words about the nature they experienced.

Safety

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.

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.

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. 

Active games

The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.