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A young boy in Winter clothing stood in a woodland with his eyes closed

Lesson plan: Darkness Dwellers - Adaptations

A outdoor lesson plan in which primary school pupils imagine the world without any light, drawing inspiration from the natural world.

Activity details

Children are asked to imagine the world without any light. Drawing from nature for ideas and inspiration, they design ‘stick people’ with special features and powers to live in a world of darkness. The lesson is best done in a woodland or other natural environment, with an optional extension back in the classroom.

Objectives and curriculum links

This lesson enables students to:

  • Explore how nocturnal animals are adapted to live in their dark environment.
  • Consider how humans, in the absence of light, may use their other senses to navigate and understand the world.
  • Demonstrate their learning in their design and creation of a Darkness Dweller.

We've designed the lesson to help teachers cover the following subject areas:



You need the following equipment to do this activity:

  • A variety of coloured wool – some bright, some dark/dull
  • Blindfolds (for example, strips of cut up fleece)
  • A long rope (if you are doing the blindfold trail)
  • Sticks of about 3cm diameter, cut to 30cm lengths (1 per pupil)
  • Loppers (to cut up your sticks in advance)
  • Clay
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Elastic bands
  • Colouring pens
  • Something to create a signal, such as a whistle. At Eden we have two 'come back' signals. Children are instructed that the duck caller means time is up, start heading back now’, while the whistle is ‘something has happened, drop everything and come back now’ – for use only in emergencies.


Lesson plan

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