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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: https://www.plt.org/educator-tips/camouflage-nature-examples
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.