10 minutes in the life of...
This simple activity, for which you need nothing more than pen and paper, is designed to help reduce children's screen time and to connect them to the real world, by inviting them to look at it from another perspective.
How do you do it?
- First of all, spend a few minutes exploring your outdoor space and choose a living thing that is unable to talk – such as an insect, a bird, a tree or plant. Give it a name.
If it's not possible to do this activity in an outdoor space, you can try it looking out of the window instead.
- Next, watch your chosen living thing for 10 minutes and make notes on what and who it interacts with. How does it do that, and why?
- Think about how it might feel, and what it might see and think.
- Finally, write a short diary extract from your chosen living thing's point of view, for those 10 minutes. You could even record the diary entry as a short video.
Get inspiration for your diary entry from Messages from the Wild's fantastic audio 'conversations with wildlife'. Or take a look at this piece of writing that one child, Sam, came up with during this exercise after observing an ant.
Why do this activity?
Our Schools Team designed this creative activity to get children to connect with nature and the outside world, by inviting them to look more closely at what's really going on, and to see things from nature's perspective.
Thanks to Mohammad Abdullah for the photo.