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Explore with your senses: Sight

 

We’re kick-starting our journey through the senses with the super sense of sight. Those of us who are able to see use our eyesight for all sorts of things, both consciously and subconsciously. Whether it’s reading a book, watching TV, helping us navigate and stay alert for hazards or, of course, hunting down those sneaky Clues on a Treasure Trail, we use our sight all the time when we’re awake.

 

Sight - Treasure Trails

 

But there’s more to our eyesight than we realise, and more ways we can play with it and test it out for fun! Check out our fun facts and sensory activities that will help you explore with your sense of sight.

 


Sensational facts about sight

 

There are lots of cool things you may not know about your eyes and your sight.

  • Most humans have three cones in their eyes, which allow us to see around one million different colour shades. Humans who are colour blind have two cones and see around 10,000 colours, while a rare few ‘tetrachromats’ developed an extra fourth cone and can see around 100 million colours – superhuman vision! 

 

Sight - amazing fact

 

  • Dr Dennis Levi has the record for the best vision – he was able to identify a bright green line, a quarter of an inch thick, that was half a mile away. 
  • Newborn babies see everything upside down until their brains learn to process everything the right way up! Their sight is also blurry, and they only see shades of grey. 
  • There’s a phenomenon called the Ganzfeld Effect which happens when your brain is given no visual stimuli to excite it. If you were to have a uniform space covering your whole field of vision – like in a pitch-black cave or by staring closely at a wall – your brain starts making up patterns and colours. Give it a go!

 

But what about sight in the rest of nature?

 

While some animals’ vision is rubbish compared to humans (sorry, snails, we’re talking about you), others can see way more than we can.

  • Pit vipers, mosquitoes, salmon and other cold-blooded creatures can actually see in infrared, while butterflies, bees and some birds can see in ultraviolet – both spectrums are invisible to humans. 
  • Chameleons can move their eyes in different directions at the same time, meaning they can have one eye facing forwards while the other looks behind for predators.
  • Owls can’t actually move their eyeballs, which is why they have to spin their heads all the way around! It doesn’t stop them, though – their vision is so good that they can see a moving mouse over 150ft away! They’re also the only bird that sees the colour blue. 

 

The amazing eyes of owls

 


Explore with your sight at home

 

There are tonnes of ways that you can explore with your sight at home, whether indoors or in your garden. Try these activities out!

 

Activity #01: Pay close attention to your surroundings, slippery spies!

 

Do you really know what your home looks like? It’s time to test yourself, then! Pick a room and set a timer for one minute, then scan around the room in silence, taking in every detail. When the countdown is over, point out everything that you never noticed or paid attention to before. You might be surprised!

Not challenging enough? If you’ve got a garden, take on the same activity out there instead! It’ll be a real test of your memory and sight.

 

Activity #02: Curious colour spotting

 

As ace detectives, it’s important that you’re thorough in your hunt for the evidence. So, here’s another fun activity to test your knowledge of your house! This time, pick a colour – it could be your favourite colour or something totally random. Then, set a timer for however long you would like and scout around your house, noting how many things in your house contains that colour.

Each item only counts once, so if you choose blue and your bathroom tiles have lots of blue squares, they only count once. But, if you have six blue mugs, each one counts once

When the timer is up, regroup and tell each other the total number of things in your house contain that colour. Do you all have the same number, or is someone the TOP inquisitive investigator in your household?

 

Activity #03: I spy with my little eye… a crafty opportunity!

 

Have you ever paid close attention to your eyes? Have you noticed all the little details that make them yours – the colours and the shapes?

Delve into your crafty supplies, grab a mirror and try drawing, painting or sculpting one of your eyes as you see it. It might be a little tricky since you’ll have to keep looking away from the mirror to create your masterpiece.

When you’ve finished, compare your creation to the real thing, and take a look at the pieces of artwork made by other members of your household. Are they accurate? Do their eyes look the same as yours or different?

 

Sight - mosaic eye

 


What a puzzling sense…

 

For sight, your puzzle is a visual one. Say what you see to figure out the sight related expressions. Some will come to you quicker than others, but don’t give up. If your answer doesn’t fit the number of letters, try again!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED – but you can still solve the puzzle just for fun! Find the answer below…

 

TT Sight Puzzle

 

 

Puzzle answer

 

 


Make ’em laugh!

 

Treasure Trails joke time

 


Test out your sight on a Treasure Trail!

 

Now that you’ve challenged yourselves to some fun sensory activities, it’s time to test your sight on your local Trail adventure! Use it to hunt down the sneaky Clues, scan around for enemy agents, examine evidence closely and search through your surroundings for the buried treasure.

But, while you’re out and about, try to stay conscious of everything you’re looking at. Have you noticed that historical building before? Have you realised how many types of plants are around you? Did you spot any wildlife scampering around? What about all the people walking past you – are they out on a mission for HQ too?

 

 

Stay active with Treasure Trails

 


Keep your eyes peeled for more fun with your senses!

 

We’ll be continuing to explore with our senses next week, when we’ll be looking into sound, hearing and our ears. Keep your eyes on your inbox or follow this link to take a peek at what’s coming up soon!

 

 


Competition T&Cs – Senses Puzzles

  • There are five prizes of a Treasure Trails Voucher available, one for each of five puzzles: Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch and Taste.
  • Open to UK residents, excluding employees and associates of Treasure Trails.
  • Entry is via the submission form on each of the five senses pages only.
  • All valid entries will be looked at and winning entries chosen by the team at Treasure Trails.
  • Closing date for entries is 11:59pm on Monday 29th March 2021
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • One entry per household, per puzzle is permitted.
  • The winners will be notified via email within 5 days of the closing date.
  • The winners names will be available on request and may be published on our website.
  • The prize is non-transferable, and no monetary alternative will be offered.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • The promoter is Armstrong Best Ltd t/a Treasure Trails, Truro.
  • By participating in this competition, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram.

22nd February 2021

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Alternative ways to exercise at home

 

So, you’re back at home once again. You know you should keep active and productive, but you’ve already scrubbed the house from top to bottom three times, and the list of ways to get daily exercise at home with minimal effort is looking shorter and shorter. Frankly, the sofa, a cuppa and back-to-back boxsets look pretty tempting…

 

Relaxing with family at home | Stay Active with Treasure Trails

 

Don’t give in! Staying active at home doesn’t have to be hard work, and it’s not all about cleaning and gardening. Over the last year, numerous apps and videos for home workouts surfaced. They’re a great way to start (or stick to) an exercise routine from the comfort of your home when heading to the gym stops being an option.

But what if you want something more exciting? More creative? Activities that include the whole family?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered…

 


Got a little one? Got weights!

 

Jen, Personal Trainer at Be Fit Cornwall, found a unique way to get tots involved in her exercise routines!

“Everything changes when a small person comes into your life. It can be difficult to prioritise yourself and your health and fitness. I definitely found this at first, juggling children, work, housework, your time is the first thing to be forgotten.”

Jen became an online health and fitness coach to help make fitness more accessible for mums, creating routines that can be done during naptime or can involve the little ones. Her classes are much the same, with mum’s encouraged to bring their kids along and get them to join in!

 

Jen from Be Fit Cornwall | Stay Active with Treasure Trails

 

Want to find out more? You can reach Jen on Instagram or on Facebook!

Take a look around at what’s going on in your local area too – you may be surprised to find what’s out there, whether classes to do at home with your kids or classes to eye up for the future.

 


A task for a mini coach

 

Let’s face it – if your kids are bigger than a toddler, you’re probably going to struggle to get them to join in as Jen has done (unless you have superhuman strength).

To keep your energetic kids involved, task them with creating a short exercise routine for you. They could show you what to do in person, or you could set them up with a video camera to create a workout for you to do while they’re in another room.

Not only will this task keep your kids active and entertained, but it’ll also give you a giggle when you attempt to copy their imaginative ideas. Plus, it adds a PE session into their homeschooling efforts.

For a little twist, try getting them to design their routine around a theme, whether it be their favourite sport, film character or adventure book – Joe Wicks’ Spiderman Workout might give them a few ideas!

 

 


Challenge someone you love to some silly exercise at home

 

Challenges are way more fun when you can share the outcome with friends and family. While you’re at home, challenge someone to complete tasks that will keep them active and get them to do the same back!

You can have great fun coming up with silly tasks for each other to complete. Plus, updating each other on your progress is a great way to stay connected with loved-ones outside of your household.

Stuck for ideas? Go as sensible or as silly as you want, rope other people into giving you suggestions and search around social media for inspiration. You could even pinch some activities from our 14-Day Well-Being and Mindfulness Challenge.

Some of our favourites include:

  • Commandeering the kid’s trampoline for three bum bounces.
  • Hopscotch. Properly. With the stone and everything.
  • Wheelbarrow race with the kids in the garden.
  • Dancing around the kitchen while drying the dishes.

 

Dancing in the kitchen | Stay Active with Treasure Trails

 


Use your waiting times

 

We can spend a lot of our day standing around just waiting – waiting for the TV ads to finish, waiting in line at the shop, waiting for the kettle to boil or the microwave to ping…

Use these moments as opportunities to add small bursts of exercise into your routine, whether jogging on the spot, crouching, stretching or holding yoga poses. Okay, you may look a little silly in the supermarket, but while at home or work just give it a go! 

This is a favourite at Treasure Trails HQ, with manager Aaron often seeing how long he can stay balanced in yoga poses while his cuppa brew. 

Five minutes may not seem like a long time to make an impact, but every minute counts – particularly if you’re doing high-intensity activities, so not all your exercise at home has to become a full-blown workout.

 

Tea-Brewing Yoga | Stay Active with Treasure Trails

 


Flashback to your commuting days

 

With so many of us working from home over the last 12-months, we may have forgotten what it was even like to have a commute that went further than our bedrooms to our living rooms.

But just think of how much extra time you have now without that travelling time in the morning and evenings. So, instead of using that extra time to get a little more sleep, get yourself out of bed at your old wake up time and see just how much you can get done with that extra time. Get in a dose of exercise and catch the sunrise, or make the most of the (slightly) lighter evenings and get out for a refreshing lap around the block at the end of the day. Or, explore more ways to exercise at home and get the kids involved too – they’re missing out on the school run after all!

You’d be surprised how much you can pack into that short space of time, even if it’s just cooking up a hearty breakfast, prepping for dinner or playing with the kids before you all get stuck into your day’s tasks.

 

Family Sunrise | Stay Active with Treasure Trails

 


Discover adventure on your doorstep

 

Ready to step outside for your daily exercise, but still hungry for adventure and exploration? A Treasure Trail is a great way to slot in some alternative exercise that the whole family can enjoy. Whether rain or shine, getting out on a Trail adventure can spark the imagination, help you to discover the hidden gems around your local area and have you all heading home with massive smiles on your faces. So, gather your household, grab your local Treasure Trail and add adventure to your to-do list.

 

 

Stay Active with Treasure Trails

 


Get Social

 

Have you found an alternative way to exercise at home? How are you staying active, productive and positive? We want to know all about it! Tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #StayActive and follow us for more Trailing antics, mind-boggling puzzles and lots of exploration inspiration.

 


1st February 2021

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