This activity is a new take on Hide & Go Seek, and a favorite with all ages. The game of Camouflage teaches participants about the predator/prey relationship and highlights how animals make themselves invisible to predators and how bright colors, or movement, can give them away. This activity was my go-to when I worked as a naturalist for Naturalists at Large, leading school groups through California’s outdoor areas.
No materials are required for this activity.
Choose one participant to be the Predator and the rest are designated Prey.
Describe the physical boundaries for the activity so participants don’t wander too far away.
Ask the Predator to stand in one place and hide their eyes while the prey go hide. The rule is that the prey must have one eye on the predator at all times, while hiding.
Ask the predator to count to 30 out loud, then, standing in one place, look for prey and point to them when they are seen.
When a prey sees the predator point at them, they come in and wait while the predator finds the rest of the group.
The last prey to be found is the next predator.
For preschool participants, alter this activity by asking the children to sit on a blanket. Show them an item that blends into a bush and one that stands out to demonstrate camouflage. Then, ask the group to hide their eyes while one child tries to camouflage him/herself in a nearby bush. Ask the group to count to 10 very slowly with you, then open eyes and see if they can find the hidden animal. Ask how hidden are they? What gave them away? What could they do better next time? Have children take turns hiding.