Get your hands dirty

Includes: Outdoors, Nature and the great outdoors

Activity time:
< 10 mins


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Explore the outside world

Challenge younger girls to discover the environment through the sense of touch.


  1. Hide the natural objects in the buckets of mud.
  2. Blindfold each girl before she takes her turn. The girls should take it in turns to put their hands into the buckets and try to identify what they can feel.
  3. Make sure they all wash their hands afterwards.
  4. Ask the girls how they felt about the activity. Did the mud make it easy or hard to identify what was in the buckets? What senses were they using to help them identify the objects? How many did they manage to recognise?

Planning checklist

Safety notes

If girls are touching soil or plant material, ensure they wash their hands afterwards.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

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2 adults needed