Who Lives Here?

Age Range: 5 - 17 years
Time Required: 10 - 20 minutes
Fundamental: Outdoors & Self
To make a study of nature and to appreciate the environments where insects live.

Materials Needed

  • Pencil & Paper
  • Clipboard
  • Gardening Gloves
  • Magnifying Glass


This is an activity which can be used anywhere out of doors.
  1. Guides carefully lift a stone, a log, a rock or use their pencil to clear leaf litter
  2. sketch and write a report on the life they discover under it.
  3. Any materials moved should be replaced in it's original positions when the study has been made.

As a Girl Guide, How Can I Lead This Activity?

  • Make a study of insects found in your local area and present your findings to the Unit or Patrol.
  • As a Unit Leader, How Can I Make This Activity Girl Led?

  • Discuss with Guides how connected life if and how important insects are to us and the ecology.
  • Raise awareness about the protection of natural environments.
  • Suggest this as an activity when Guides choose a nature theme night.
  • As a Unit, how can we make sure everyone is included?

  • Review the findings at your next Guide Meeting.
  • Compile the sketches into a Unit book.
  • Follow Up Questions and Reflections

  • What can we do differently next time?
  • What other activities could you do with your new skill?
  • How did it make you feel?
  • What did you like or dislike?
  • What did you learn?
  • Activity source and acknowledgements

    This activity is part of the Earthkeepers Program - Basement Windows and also taken from The Australian Leaders Handbook Part 2 Program Ideas- Who lives here?

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