Nature comes alive when we turn up our senses. There’s so many rhythms to explore: The sound of bird song, the feel of the tree bark, the taste of wild edibles, the sight of leaves dancing in the wind, and the smell of a wildflower. With the senses turned up, the Earth takes on an almost magical air.
Taking a timeless wander through the forest with our senses turned up is a real adventure! It’s even better for children if there’s a game element to it, and this is where the animal senses come in.
What You Need:
Access to nature.
The 5 senses, associated with animals. The ones I use are below, you might have to adapt to the animals that live in your area.
How To Play:
Introduce the 5 animals you’re going to model your senses on. Give the children time to fully explore each one, moving and acting like the animal.
1. Hearing: Deer Ears - Imitate the large, satellite-like ears of deer.
2. Smell: Coyote Nose - Put your nose to the ground, then smell the air.
Mollie showing excellent Coyote Nose abilities!
3. Touch: Raccoon Touch - Imagine you’ve got the super-sensitive raccoon fingers.
4. Taste: Snake Tongue - Flick your tongue in and out like a snake, tasting the air.
5. Sight: Owl Eyes - Relax your eyes and see everything at once, super-sensitive to movement.
Then, go on an adventure, using the new senses! Explore everything, especially the small things that usually get overlooked; A patch of moss, a distant bird call, a fallen leaf. It’s often in the little things the deep relationships with nature are created.
Things To Remember:
It’s not the quantity of how far you walk that’s important, it’s the quality of the experience you have along the way.
Happy animal adventures!
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