Includes: Outdoors, Nature and the great outdoors, Health and well-being, Walking
Inspect plants closely
Get girls to look carefully at plants to learn more about the world around them.
- Take the girls out of the meeting place to look at plants. You could visit a local park, wood, or garden centre – or simply walk along a street.
- Allow the girls to explore freely, if appropriate, or walk along together, stopping after an agreed number of steps or a certain amount of time.
- Give each pair or small group a set of cards (ideas below) and ask them to look for plants that match the cards. They can use magnifying glasses to look really closely at the plants.
- The groups should draw the plants that they find, or take pictures.
- Remind the girls that they must respect the plants, only collecting things that have fallen and not anything that is still growing.
- Back at the meeting place, the groups can share what they have found. Were they surprised by what they discovered?
- Girls can use plant identification books or websites to identify the plants.
Ideas for cards
- Can you find flowers that are shaped like bells?
- Look for a plant shadow – what shapes does it make?
- Can you find plants that are made up of cylinder shapes?
- Look at tree bark. How many shape patterns can you find on it?
- How many circles or spheres can you find hidden in the plant?
- Look at the leaves. Are there any that are heart-shaped?
- Can you spot a star shape in a plant?
- Can you spot any plants growing in spirals?
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