Wanted to share a favorite for me with my girls (an awesome one that both girls can be a part of) and a favorite for when I am teaching a group of young ones.
The Worm Game - a great way to learn and talk about camouflage.
Take some yarn of all kinds of colors and cut it into small pieces (each piece should be a couple of inches long). Then spread those pieces of yarn over a "playing field" in your yard. Tell the kids they are going to pretend to be birds (or more specifically robins) that are hungry and hunting for a meal. Ask them what hungry birds might like to eat? (worms!) Each child should take a turn running out onto the playing field and finding one worm. They pick up that worm and bring it back to you. Start a line of the worms that they find and keep them in the order that they found them. Send them out again and again until they have found quite a few of the worms. After the hunting has been stopped ask the kids to look at the worms that they found. Ask questions about what color worms they found first, why they found those worms first, which colors were the hardest to find and why, why are worms the color that they are and if they were a worm what color would they want to be and why.
For Sam and Avery it is a great little game to get them running around and training thier little eyes to notice small things they might otherwise miss. Even though the camouflage concept is above Avery's head it is still a great activity for her because of the idea that she has to really slow down and look for something that is not so obvious.
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Thanks for sharing.