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Muddy Faces

Tracking signs

Practice creating trails using natural materials.

Outdoor Play


Author: Vicki Stewart

Organisation: Brightwood Training

What you'll need

  • rocks
  • sticks

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    Environmental Considerations

    Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

    Health & Safety Considerations

    Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
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    Lay out a trail using stick arrows.

    Make it a challenge by using a code:

    • crossed sticks mean – don’t go this way
    • a stick with a stone on the left means – go left
    • a stick with a stone on the right means – go right
    • a stone on top of another means – straight on
    • a stone on top of another, with one on the right means – go right
    • a stone on top of another with one on the left means – go left.

    Take it further:

    Create your own signs.

    One person could lay out a trail and hide at the end, and wait for their partner or the rest of the group to find them.

    Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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