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Green-Time Scavenger Hunt

Activity Glossary

Glossary of Terms

At URSTRONG, we believe it’s important to use kids’ language for kids’ problems. That’s why we have our very own, unique language of friendship. Here are some important terms that children, parents, and teachers learn in our program.

Friendship Fire®: Any situation between you and a friend that results in negative feelings.

Mean-on-Purpose: When someone is intentionally unkind to someone else.

Quick Comeback: A very short word or phrase that is used when someone is Mean-on-Purpose. Quick Comebacks are designed to let the other person know that you heard/saw what they did and you’re not okay with it.

Friend-o-meter: A visual tool that assesses the health of friendships, ranging from the healthy zone to the unhealthy zone.

Friend-o-cycle: The normal cycle in a friendship that brings the friendship back to the healthy zone after experiencing a Friendship Fire. The phases of the Friend-o-cycle are: Healthy Friendship – Fire – Confront the issue – Talk-it-Out – Forgive & Forget – Closer & Stronger – Healthy Friendship…

4 Friendship Facts: A set of four facts that help us have realistic expectations in our friendships so we understand what is normal.

  1. No friendship (relationship) is perfect.
  2. Every friendship is different.
  3. Trust & Respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship.
  4. Friendships change…and that’s okay.

Red Shirt Girl and Striped Shirt Boy: Two characters that remind us about the importance of body language.

Friendship Ninja: A Friendship Ninja is someone who surrounds themselves with friends in the healthy zone of the Friend-o-meter. A Friendship Ninja is kind and friendly to everyone. A Friendship Ninja understands the 4 Friendship Facts and puts out their Friendship Fires when they ignite. A Friendship Ninja stands up for themselves and their friends. A Friendship Ninja makes new friends and understands that friendships change…and that’s okay. Above all else, a Friendship Ninja is someone you want to be friends with because they’re true to who they are!

Need to balance green-time with screen-time? Send your kids outdoors for this one!

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Objective

During this uneasy time, our primary goal is: Keeping Kids Connected. Research shows us that social connection is the most powerful antidote to stress and anxiety. We are committed to helping bring positivity, fun, and friendship to kids around the globe.

In addition to offering regular live lessons in our virtual URSTRONG Classroom, we have curated a collection of friendship-themed activities for kids to do at home.


A recent study critically examined current literature on how nature influences the mental health of children and teenagers. They concluded that there is an overwhelming positive influence; nature improves our mood.

Looking through a child development lens, we know that interactions with nature and exploring our natural world can stimulate our children to play, investigate, question, notice, and calm using all our senses.

This feel-good activity combines geen-time with a green-zone friend on the Friend-o-meter – a powerful combination.

Key Outcome

Your child will activate feelings of connection with both a friend and nature.

Materials

  • A phone if your child is ‘walking with their friend’ online.
  • A scavenger hunt template. Choose one from your part of the world that embraces your current season. We love this for the beach, or perhaps if you’re in the bush this will suit you.  Engage your child’s senses with this option.
  • If collecting fallen material (don’t damage living things), then a container or paper bag is useful.

Instructions

  1. Print off your scavenger hunt template.
  2. Send your child outdoors checking they are dressed appropriately for the season.
  3. Enable the connection via phone or video for your child to talk to a green-zone friend on the Friend-o-meter.
  4. Set the boundaries as where your child can venture and let them connect both to nature and their bestie.
  5. On return, make a nice warm hot chocolate or drink some cool water together.  Pause and reflect on the experience. Say, “Tell me about it. Did it feel good to connect with your friend?” Discover if they felt a positive connection between their mental health and being in nature.

Next Steps

According to Nature Play organisations around the world, time in nature has not been cancelled! Delve deeper with this resource from Berkley’s Greater Good in Action.