(suitable as a game for Rainbows or Brownies and possibly Guides and
Senior Section in conjunction with a bigger wide game)
The aim of the game is for the individuals/teams to find all the letters
by looking around the area using their torches, they then use the letters
to form the word that the leader has decided on i.e. if the leader said
that the theme of the game was that the word was a country and the girls
got ACADAN then the girls would rearrange it as CANADA.
Lids from food tins (e.g. baked bean lids),
permanent marker pen,
drill for making holes in lids
torches (either 1 per person or per small group, as you decide)
NB this game only works at night time when it is as dark
as possible hence the name!
The first thing which has to be done is to set up your
To do this wash and dry the tin lids and cover them in silver foil (shiny
side up), then with a drill, drill a hole towards the top of the lid
and thread through a loop of string.
You now need to decide what word you are going to use.
Write on the lids (1 letter per lid with permanent marker pen).
This game is best done in woods in the dark, and if you are doing it
in teams you could always do more than one word and use different colours
to distinguish them.
If it's an older group you could always stick in blank tin lids to through
A prize can be given to the winning team.
As an alternative to tin lids and foil, you can use reflective
sticky tape and use it to form the letter shapes on ordinary card.
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