Silent Stalking

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In this outdoor game, learners role play predator and prey to explore the importance of keen hearing and silent stalking skills in the animal world. In the wild, real predators and prey must move cautiously and silently to avoid detection. Learners discover that a good sense of hearing and the ability to pinpoint the direction from which sounds come are important survival adaptations.

Quick Guide

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • blindfolds or masks (pattern in PDF)
  • spray misters
  • flags
  • nine-meter lengths of light rope
  • Mask Equipment Cards (in PDF)
  • cotton or ear plugs
  • masking tape
  • wax paper
  • cut rubber bands or elastic
  • 1 flashlight


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Evolution
      • Evidence for Evolution
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Games
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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