required: multicolored cards or toothpicks (some very bright, some that
will "blend in" to a natural setting).
time is about 5 minutes.
activity is appropriate for all ages.
least 15 minutes is needed for this activity.
To begin, talk about how certain animals "stick out", while others "blend
in". Brainstorn on the advantages and disadvantages of both. Talk about
the idea of camouflage in nature and what kinds of animals have it. (Some
pictures would be a great addition here!)
Before you begin the activity, have one WOODS person scatter the cards
or toothpicks in a field or other kind of outdoor setting. Tell the kids
that they have a determined amount of time (maybe 3-5 minutes) to find
these items, and send them out.
When they return (make sure you get everythin out of the field!), talk
to them about what colors were easier to find and why. Compare this to
how animals "hide" in nature.