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June 24th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Going on a Nature Scavenger Hunt

Friday marked the official First Day of Summer! It’s a time to get outside, spend time with family and friends and enjoy your surroundings. What better than to go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt. This is something you can do in your own backyard, a park, along a trail, or on a hike. I want to share some great links for you to explore the world around you with the kids. It’s amazing what you can learn while admiring nature.

Pictorial Nature hunt

Egg Hunter Scavenger Hunt

Simple Scavenger Hunt for younger Children

Woodland Scavenger Hunt

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Paint Swatch Scavenger Hunt

We are hoping on to do some of these while we bike on our local trail. A good reason to stop and take a rest! Who knows what else we will find while looking!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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November 15th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Educational Scavenger Hunts

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There’s something about searching, finding, and problem-solving that kids LOVE. Scavenger hunts are fun learning activities that can be done anywhere, anytime… indoor, outdoor, rain or shine. Here’s a brief guide on how to make the perfect scavenger hunt for your kids.

1)   Environment:

You can create scavenger hunts that can be done at any location. The easiest is in your own backyard or home, but visits to the park, museum, beach, etc. can be even more fun with some search and find aspects.

2)   Age:

The younger your child is, the simpler the scavenger hunt should be. It’s important to consider your child’s likes, dislikes and abilities. Scavenger hunts should always be supervised.

3)   Type:

There are many different types of “hunts.” A simple one for all ages involves creating a list of items for your child to find and gather. A more complex “treasure hunt” involves hiding clues in different places that lead to one big treasure or find.

4)   Outline:

It’s easiest to start with an outline of the scavenger hunt. Define how many clues/items you’ll use, where they can be hidden/found, and what types of clues you’ll use i.e. Directive clues – “You’ll find the next clue near your favorite stuffed animal!” or Problem-solving clues – “The dishes go in dirty and come out clean…that’s where you’ll find the next clue!”

5)   Learning:

Use the clues and/or items as an opportunity to teach your child. An outdoor scavenger hunt can help them learn how to identify different pieces of nature… types of flowers, leaves, rocks, etc. Problem solving clues are educational in themselves and can involve topics from simple identification and understanding to basic math and science.

6)   Prize:

It’s always good to reward your child with an end-of-the-hunt prize. Small items you can find at the dollar store such as activity books and crayons, bubbles, etc. make great “treasures” that will give them something fun to do even after the scavenger hunt is over!

photo credit: ryanrocketship via flickr

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