Sleeping Farmers | Outlearn Activity Guide

‘Sleeping farmers’ is a great outdoor activity suitable for young children of all abilities. The aim of sleeping farmers is to combine your senses and patience. This allows children to better understand nature, their environment and to embrace the story.


  • String/Blindfolds x 3
  • Timer


  • Bring bottles
  • Chickens (toy)
  • Doughnuts (mud made version)


Make supplies like chickens, bottles of cider, and doughnuts. By doing this the groups have supplies to try and collect. Blindfold three members of the group as these members will be the farmers. Place them in different areas on a rectangular court.

The foxes all start at one side, and they have to try to get past the farmers to collect their supplies and return to their safe zone (lair). The only way of catching the foxes is by hearing them and pointing at them.

You can increase the difficulty by having the foxes return the supplies if they have been caught or they could just leave the supply where they got caught.

This gives you the option of then progressing to use the woodland course in the same type of game. You could as well have it timed and making each round shorter will increase the difficulty too.

Safety Tips

Wash your hands after.