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Looking with 'different eyes'. Where will your curiosity take you today?

Updated: Apr 17, 2020

Can you explore our planet without leaving your home? According to John Glenn (one of the first people to see our planet from space) the most powerful quality in an astronaut is … curiosity. You may not be able to go out and explore beyond your home or garden at the moment, so where will your curiosity take you??? 

The warm, lichened panels of your garden fence? The crumbling bark and outstretched roots of a tree? A sunny patch of lawn? The cracks in a paving stone? Or maybe what lurks beneath an old stone or lump of deadwood?  Your challenge this week is to explore a tiny patch of nature, somewhere you’ve walked past a thousand times before, and see it through different eyes.

Use all your senses. What can you see? How many different textures can you find – bumpy, mossy, slimey, smooth? Close your eyes – what does it smell like? What sounds can you hear? Maybe you could take some photographs through ‘different eyes’ – an ant’s-eye view? A bird’s-eye view? How many insects or plants can you identify?  Click here for a WWF activity sheet for some other ideas to spark your curiosity.

Remember to HIT THE RED BUTTON and tell us when you’ve done some micro nature exploration!

Astronauts have been living and working way up in space, on board the International Space Station, for more than twenty years. They can look down on our planet from 250 miles away! This really means seeing the earth with different eyes – and it has completely changed the way many of them feel: “Our planet is the most precious thing we have. It is home to each and every one of us, it is the source of life,beauty and health. We are totally dependent on planet Earth, but its wellbeing now depends on us.” If you’d like to see our planet as it appears from the International Space Station, you might like this 3 minute video:

How does looking at our natural world from so far away compare to your ant’s eye view??

When you have explored your tiny patch of nature using all your senses, don’t forget to HIT THE RED BUTTON!


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