Introducing permaculture

Topic: Connections
Subtopic: The web of life
Age: 7 - 12
Holistic Planning: Hand
Details: Participate in the web of life activity: In a circle each person takes the role of a natural element (e.g. river/oak tree/mosquito/swallow). One person has a ball of string, s/he says what connections she has to another element (e.g. swallow eats fly; bat lives in tree) and throws the string to them, whilst keeping hold of the end of the string. This repeats until everybody is connected with the string in a web. It can continue until elements have many connections. Discuss that the string represents the invisible connections between all life. Observe what happens if one element is destroyed (meaning the child releases the string they are holding), continue taking out the elements and observe what happens to the web of life.