Back in November, to loosely tie in with bonfire/fireworks night, we had a Rainbows meeting in the dark.
We started with Rainbow Chat with all the lights on, then each Rainbow got a glow stick and we turned off all the lights in the hall. There was some light coming through the door to the foyer, so it wasn’t completely dark.
We played hide and seek (the Rainbows found their partners using glow sticks) and Duck Duck Goose (the Rainbows bopped each other gently on the head with light-up balloons, which are really great – I got a packet from Wilko). Possibly some other games too.
Then we switched some of the lights on, and did a very quick food activity: making edible sparklers by dipping a chocolate finger into warm water (to melt the chocolate), then into sprinkles.
Some of the Rainbows said they were worried about the dark beforehand, but they were all fine once the lights were off. If anything they were more, er, energetic than usual because they thought they could get away with more if I couldn’t see them! Since then, some of them have asked to do it again…probably next autumn, I think.
I do like doing things in the dark, like this and night hikes – anything to teach the girls that darkness can be fun, and in itself isn’t anything to be afraid of.