Sometimes the most effective way to learn about the world around us is to play a game! Sure, doing research and taking time to make detailed observations is important too, but exploring through games can give us a certain vulnerability that allows us to see everyday nature in a new way. Here are a few games that can be a lot of fun to do with just a couple of people and help us to take in the world from a different perspective.
Games/Activities for the Five Senses
Just like most things in life, the more we practice, the better we will become. This is true for playing sports, picking up an instrument, and believe it or not, even our observation skills! A great to way to practice observing the world around us is to play games that involve our five senses and focus on each of them individually. You’ll be amazed at what you start to notice when you are out in nature if you are constantly exploring new ways to use your senses and challenging how you take in the world!
Where is taste?
Whoever is participating in the experiment should notice that the sugar flavor is most noticeable at the tip of the tongue, the salt on the tip and the sides, and the vinegar on the sides! Feel free to experiment with other flavors and see if they are more flavorful in different areas of the tongue.
Some other flavors to try: Lemon or lime juice, tomato, cucumber, mint, and just about anything edible you feel like experimenting with :)
Try to keep the hunt short so that the smell of the onion isn’t lost over time. You can add prizes, or treasure, to the end of the hunt as an incentive to keep trying!
Variation: Have participants map out the area where the hunt is being played. As they follow the scent of the onion, they can mark on their maps where the onion scent is the strongest and create a trail to lead others to the treasure!
All games are taken directly from or inspired by Learning About Nature Through Games by Virginia W. Musselman.
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