Then I had the small genius of giving them a little list, and telling them to be bush detectives. There were no accompanying pictures.
Purple Flax Lily
Wattle Mat Rush
Those little bits of paper worked! The kids really got into marking everything off and wanted to know what everything was. So they were asking questions of me rather than me trying to convey information to a moving crowd. They had no pencils but were folding or punching a hole by the name with a stick. I had no idea how determined they would become - Wallaby Grass of all things proved evasive until we found some right outside the scout Hall. They really tested my plant identification skills! On the list were a few easy things to make the task achievable, a few things kids might know, and then some things most children wouldn't recognise. By the end the kids were pointing at things and telling me the names, and the adults seemed to really enjoy the flower hunt too. It really stopped the group from surging forward in a hurry. The only thing I would change, would be to add a few more things to the list, as some kids were a bit disappointed when they found something new and it wasn't there to tick off. By the end of the day I felt like I'd achieved the Scout motto -
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