Sink and Fade

As we come to the end of the summer holidays, hopefully this does not signal the end of your trips to the woods.  The woods truly are a magical place to spend time all year round, and each season brings new treasures with it.  The woods will soon begin to brighten as the canopy loses its leaves and allows sunlight to fall on the woodland floor.  streams that may have dried up during the summer months may reappear and fallen leaves provide many opportunities for some serious fun.  But all that’s for another post, when autumn has been with us longer and those changes are much more evident.

This week I wanted to introduce you to a little game that we play as we travel through the woods.  If you find that your little ones legs are getting tired as you make your way home, introduce this game and have everyone begging for you to make that call just one more time.  It’s a firm forest school favourite with all my groups and one I enjoy just as much as they do.


Sink and Fade

  1. Pretend you are mice scurrying through the woods and that there is an owl flying over head who would like to catch you for dinner.
  2. When someone “spots” the owl they call “Sink and Fade” which means everyone drops to the floor exactly where they are and doesn’t move, hoping that their stillness will trick the owl into moving on without catching any dinner.
  3. Once the owl has flown past and the coast is clear everyone is free to get up again and move on.
  4. Repeat as often as you like.
  5. It sounds simple, and really it is, but for some reason children just love hearing this call shouted when they are least expecting it.

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