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Kim's Games

These games help to develop observation and classification skills. They are best used to reinforce work learning to identify or study specific themes such as leaf patterns, different forest types, edible native plants, seeds or even the rock types of an area.

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Beach Life Bingo

This fun activity harnesses and focuses student energy on the beach into a learning experience. Students use full-colour bingo cards to find and identify local beach creatures. All photos were taken in the intertidal zone of Mayne Island, BC by Stephanie Hurst.

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Sun Munchers

This activity is a great way to demonstrate to younger children how the sun’s energy decreases as one moves up the food chain. It compliments the Energy Pyramids activity also described. It also demonstrates how we are all dependent on the sun’s energy for our own survival. 

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What Colour Is This?

This activity is great for developing observation skills and seeing that the forest is not homogeneous in colour. It helps to see the diversity and variation that will help in identifying different species. Participants are given paint chips and challenged to find the matching colour in the forest environment. 

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Bug Wall

This activity encourages participants to explore the world of bugs in their area. Using bug boxes and magnifying glasses, as well as some reference books on hand, participants are told that they are going to be entomologists together and build a bug wall of information to share all they have found. 

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Fort Building

Fort building is a cornerstone activity of our program at the Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning. It helps to create a culture of comfort, connection, and community that permeates all of the other activities that we do. This activity works best when participants are going to be spending multiple days in or visiting an area. The fort becomes their home base, where they eat lunch or a snack, do activities or get some quiet time.

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Pond Dipping

Wetlands are important habitat for many creatures such as birds, frogs, beavers and bugs. We often dismiss how much life exists underwater because we cannot see it. A simple net and bucket along with curiosity and wonder allow people to explore and learn all about water bugs. Their behaviours and adaptations are fascinating and this playful activity accentuates these aspects.

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