A piece of material for covering objects, and some natural objects
picked up along the way.
Outdoors, in a clearing. Good places—Skinny
Woods, Tall Trees,
Hawkhill Wood, Innocent Walkway,
Craigmillar Castle Park.
Encourages the children to search out interesting
natural objects, to use their memory and perhaps to find out about objects they have never
Whilst out playing games or on a walk, pick up some natural things,
hopefully without anyone noticing! Fold the material and place the
objects between the two layers. Then ask everyone to gather round. Tell
them that under the material you have ten (or however many) objects that
you want them to find exact copies of. BUT, they will only have a few seconds to look at and remember all the objects before they’re covered
over again. Uncover the objects for 10 seconds (more or less!) and go
through all the objects on the material, giving a short description of
each one. Then cover them up. The
children will run off, searching for their own objects. Every so often,
remind them how
many objects they are looking for. After about 5 minutes, call them back
and go through all the objects one by one - telling another amazing fact
or story about each one. Ask who found an item like it. Afterwards, ask
if everyone knew what all the objects were, or if they had learned about
any new objects.