Tree hugging Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description A person is blindfolded and led to a tree. After “hugging” the tree the person is returned to the starting point, and has to guess which tree he or she hugged.
Instructions The participants go together in pairs. One person is blindfolded and the other one leads the blindfolded person to a nearby tree. The blindfolded person now has to use his/her senses to feel, smell etc. the tree. After this the person is returned to the starting position, and the blindfold is removed. The person now has to guess, which tree he or she has been hugging. To make the game more difficult, the blindfolded person should try and guess which species of tree is being hugged.
Type of activity Nature
Section of scouts Any
Number of participants 2 or more
Duration 15-30 minutes
Location Outdoors (a place with trees)
Season Any
Materials None
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Nature Domino Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description A game based solely on things found in nature. The scouts help expand the game the more things they find.
Instructions You start out with e.g. a leaf. The scouts then have to find a similar leaf in nature and bring it back. The one who first brings back the leaf, will get to put down the next thing to be found (again something found in nature). The one who brought the thing to be found can not take part in that particular round of searching (he/she already knows where to find that thing).
Type of activity Nature
Section of scouts Cubs, Scouts, Rovers
Number of participants 5 or more
Duration 15-60 minutes
Location Outdoors
Season Any
Materials None

“Light of attraction” Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description A way of attracting and watching butterflies, moths and other insects
Instructions In the evening and at night butterflies and many other insects gets attracted by bright light. Spread out a piece of white or light colored piece of fabric on the ground and place a lamp or flashlight on it. The night active insects will be attracted by the light and land on the light fabric. While they sit there, you will have plenty of time to study them.
Type of activity Nature
Section of scouts Cubs, Scouts
Number of participants Any
Duration 30 minutes or more
Location Outdoors
Season Spring, summer, autumn
Materials White or light colored piece of fabric, lamp or flashlight

Measure air humidity with a pine cone Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description Build a simple meter for measuring air humidity
Instructions Take a pine cone and place a straw between the scales. Fix the straw to the cone with glue. Put a piece of paper on the wall, and place the cone next to it. Write dry and humid on the paper. The straw will be pointing upwards when the air is humid and the pine cone is closing. When the air is dry, the cone will open up so as to spread its seeds, and the straw will be lowered. Make a small dot on the paper every day and note the date along with it, to follow the change in humidity over time.
Type of activity Nature
Section of scouts Cubs, Scouts
Number of participants Any
Duration
Location Any
Season Any
Materials Pine cones, straws, glue, pen, paper

Decomposition of waste Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description Use a time-line to illustrate, how long time it takes, for different types of waste to decompose.
Instructions When waste is dropped in nature, it disappears in two ways: either by someone picking it up an removing it, or if left alone it slowly decomposes and disappears. But how long time does it take for different types of waste to disappear? By hanging up a long string, and dividing it into periods (e.g. 1m = 25 years) where the age of the scouts, their parents and grand parents are marked, it is possible to illustrate how fast different types of waste decomposes. This is done by placing different types of waste along the string according to the time of decomposition.

Here are some examples for use:

Orange or banana peal: 2-5 weeks

Cigarette butt without filter: 3 months

Newspaper: 3-12 months

Cigarette pack without cellophane: 1 year

Cigarette filter: 1-5 years

Chewing gum: 5 years

Painted wood: 13 years

Aluminum can: 10-500 years

Plastic bag: 100-1.000 years

Plastic lid: 450 years

Glass bottles: 4.000-1.000.000

Type of activity Nature
Section of scouts Cubs, Scouts, Rovers
Number of participants Any
Duration 30 minutes
Location Indoors
Season Any
Materials A piece of string, small pieces of paper for parting the string into periods, different types of waste according to the list above.