Discovery Bags have been designed to make the farm visits engaging and sensory-rich and have been created to work with all groups involved in the project.
The bags' contents have been refined and tested with different groups over the course of several years by Sensory Trust.
They contain a number of activities and pieces of equipment items designed to help participants engage with their environment using different senses and can also form a basis for activities once the visitors are back home or back in the classroom.
The contents include:
- 1 Picture frame (in jute bag)
- 2 Magnifying glass (in jute bag)
- 3 Crayons and calico (in jute bag)
- 4 Mirror (in jute bag)
- Clay (in jute bag)
- Sound map
- Nature palette
- Collection bags
- Magnifying box
- Fortune teller
- Sprouting seeds
Hosts are free to add other items to the bags if these are appropriate to the type of site.
The bags come with a guide for hosts containing suggestions on how to use the items. The suggestions are intended as a starting point and hosts can use the bags in any way that fits with the visit.
All of the items in the Discovery Bags have been chosen and developed to help focus the different senses in order to explore the natural environment more closely. They are often the starting point for conversation and the items and activities are often an excellent way for participants to share their discoveries.
Introduction to Let Nature Feed Your Senses
Getting out more - feedback from the first visits
Aims and evaluation - detail from the project plan
Conferences - reports and links
Benefits of contact with nature for everyone? - article outlining barriers that prevent some groups accessing the benefits
Sensory learning and our environment - article about how we learn through all our senses and implications for connecting with our environment
Children and the natural world - article arguing that children are not over-stimulated by computer games and television as is often claimed in the media.
Go Outside and Play - article outlining the benefits of play and spending time outdoors
Visit the LNFYS Photo gallery