Activities

ACTIVITIES

Playfulness is a powerful means of inviting new forms of curiosity, interaction, care and storytelling. We have prepared a variety of activities which serve as prompts to inspire and provoke new ways of thinking about our shared environment, to stimulate curiosity and awe, and to attend to often ignored forms of shared life.

Please consider sharing your experiences on the platform. Untoldstories.site is a space for sharing insights and experiences with others and to stimulate inspiration and dialogue about our shared worlds.

Check out our prompts, make house bestiaries, write letters to plants, compose audio portraits of your worlds!

GET TO KNOW YOUR BEASTS
HOUSE BESTIARIES
HOW TO IDENTIFY A HOUSE BEAST?

If spotted would you sweep, clean, vacuum, pull-out, weed-out, fumigate, trap or otherwise eradicate from your home?

HAS THE BEAST MADE ITSELF AT HOME?
INVASIVE

If spotted would you sweep, clean, vacuum, pull-out, weed-out, fumigate, trap or otherwise eradicate from your home?

TO INTRUDE

If spotted would you sweep, clean, vacuum, pull-out, weed-out, fumigate, trap or otherwise eradicate from your home?

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How to spot the wild ones

Walk around your house paying special attention to corners, edges and dark nookes.

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Get to know the Nature of the Beast

You can download inaturalist and Picture This apps on your cellphone to find out a bit more about what kind of beasts these intruders are.

Pay attention to how these wild creatures make themselves at home in your house.
LISTEN
SMELL
WATCH

You can download inaturalist and Picture This apps on your cellphone to find out a bit more about what kind of beasts these intruders are.

Watch for patterns.

How do these creatures dwell and live in your home?

How do these beast share their dens with other creatures?

What do they need to live? Do you need them?

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Gather Evidence
TAKE PICTURES
TAKE NOTES OR DRAW
MAKE AUDIO RECOARDINGS

The more detail you’re able to capture, the better—we often don’t know what is most interesting or important about an observation until much later. Recording, in any format, is always a way of paying attention and of giving oneself to the possibility that these beasts are worth thinking about.

BE HOSPITABLE
INVASIVE

adjective

favorably receptive or open (usually followed by to)
characterized by or betokening warmth and generosity toward guests or strangers.

Has your home become a space where
you dwell with numerous beasts?

Is it made up of homes within homes?

Have you made a friend or two?

Have you, per chance, become a beast?

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Share
To make your house beastiary follow these steps

You must create an account on Untoldstories.site

You can upload your notes, drawings, audio, pictures, and videos

Share your experience

Tell others about your homes and its inhabitants

Be as playful and creative as you want, this is your story and your shared home.

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We hope that in sharing your bestiary you will offer an opening to the diverse, wondrous worlds we share with other beings.

A bestiary, after all, is an opening into other kinds of worlds that begins by attending to the incredible interactions unfolding all around us, often entirely unnoticed. A bestiary is a collection of beings noticed and given to wonder.

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Download the House Bestiary activity as a PDF English/Español

Letters to plants
The plants we live with

Some plants are historical landmarks defining the landscape of our cities

Some are important parts of our everyday lives and spaces

Some plants we ignore as they silently share our spaces, ignored, scorned, or loved in their own ways.

Some plants we care for

Some plants nourish us

You may want to get to know these plants

Pay attention to the plants with which you share your lives and worlds.

Find out their names

Their stories

Download the inaturalist,
picture this or google lense
on your phones

Their habits

Their habits

Their likes and dislikes

You may include portraits you have made and drawings

Photographs

And if you prefer a handwritten note, you can upload these as well.

Write your letter!

Access www.untoldstories.site and choose add new post

Register so you can add a new post

Write your letter!

On this page you can include your portraits, hotographs, handwritten notes, and any other material you may want to send your plant.

Choose an address for your plant

1. Scroll down to find the map.

2. Search for the plant’s address.

*You can also drag the pin to the correct location on the map

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3. Once you have found the plant’s address set the coordinates by choosing the Get PinPoint button.

Send your letter!

Press the Submit for Review button and your letter will be sent off to the Untoldstories postal service.

We will let you know when your letter has been received!

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Download the Letters to plants activity as a PDF English / Español