As we near the Winter Solstice the dark nights are drawing in. At the end of the school day there is always great excitement when we turn out the light to see how dark it is! For our final session this year with the younger children we decided to venture out into the darkness and have some fun.
With hats and gloves on and torches in hand we set off down to the large field which borders our woodland. The children were surprised at how differently everything looked in the dark but soon started to spot bright lights hanging in the bushes and trees around the field. We split the group into two teams and they were allocated a team colour – red or blue. Off we went into the darkness – a spooky scavenger hunt had begun.
The teams approached each glo stick eager to answer the question. What do hedgehogs eat? How many legs does an insect have? Can you name the fruit of the Horse Chestnut tree? Teamwork was essential as they worked their way around the field, answering the questions and cutting down the glo sticks. By the end of the scavenger hunt everyone had their prize – a glo stick!
Of course the best thing to do when you are put in the dark with a torch is to run around! Off the children went into the darkness. They played torch tag, ran around and then invented a game of ‘glo stick hide and seek’. At the end of the session there were lots of very excited children. But guess what, they all slept very well!