Moving in Plain Sight

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    < 1 hour

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    A Little Messy

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Question and Wonder:

  • Do you think it is possible to move without being seen? How?
  • What could you use to disguise your movement?
  • Should you move slower or faster? Why?

Plot a course from your bedroom to the kitchen.

Imagine and Design:

  • What furniture could you use to hide your movement?
  • What about clothes? Could you find clothes that blend into the background?
  • How would that make it harder for you to be spotted?

Make a plan and try it out.

Test and Discuss:

  • Did it work? Were you spotted?
  • How long did it take you to get to the kitchen? Why?
  • What could you change to make it work better? Faster?
  • How could you move differently?
  • What if you took it out to the backyard? How would you hide your movement there?

Did you know:

Lots of animals use camouflage to blend into their environments. Some do it to hunt, while others use it to hide from hunters. Explore more on this topic here:

Extension Activity:

Hawks have amazing eyesight, but mice are really good at blending into their environment. When flying high up, it is very difficult for a hawk to spot a mouse not moving on the ground, but as soon as it moves…..

Play a game of Hawk and Mouse

  • Select someone to be the “hawk”
  • Everyone else is a mouse.
  • Have the hawk turn their back to the room.
  • All the mice move around on the floor going about their business – finding food, taking in the sun…
  • The hawk yells “Hawk!” and turns around.
  • As soon as the mice hear “HAWK” they freeze.
  • The hawk then visually searches for movement. Any one that moves even slightly is out.
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