Alternate Activity 2: Sensory Beauty Walk
Activity time: 20 minutes
Preparation for Activity
- Identify a safe, accessible, and naturally beautiful outdoor place for children to embark on a walk.
Description of Activity
Ask the children to get ready to go outside. Tell them each will have a turn to "spy" something beautiful outside. Remind them that beauty can please any of our senses, so when it is their turn, they can say, "I spy with my eye something beautiful," or "I hear with my ear something beautiful" or "I smell with my nose something beautiful," and pointing to the matching organ (eye, ear, nose). (These gestures will provide helpful extra information in case children have trouble hearing one another on the walk.) Tell the children they may only use three of their senses today (no touching or tasting).
You might walk to a certain place and sit or stand all together before you begin "spying" beauty outdoors. It is fine to walk continually and allow children to take turns "spying" beauty all along the walk. Depending on the size of your group and the place you are walking, determine a configuration (single file, two lines... ) that will allow all children to hear and see one another as they guess what the spy is noticing. After each successful guess, allow the "spy" to rotate into a new position and the next child to spy something.
At the end of the walk, ask the participants if they usually notice so many beautiful things when they are outside, or did this help them notice more beauty?
Including All Participants
Children with limited mobility may prefer help getting to just one location. Children with certain learning issues may be able to process the game better if the group stops walking when a spy is going to speak.