One of our favorite outdoor activities: Printable Scavenger Hunts

June 10, 2017

We love being outside.

Look how peaceful…no fighting, no crying, no whining. This lasted all of 3 minutes. 🙂 My thought process was “aw how cute!” Scramble for cell phone to document before the mood changes!

Kids will be kids and sometimes they need direction (atleast mine do). Without it they do things like fall off the playhouse, again. It’s like how in the two seconds I look down to pull a weed can they scramble to the top of that thing? Ask them to put on their shoes and it’s a 20 minute process.

Anyway, we started doing scavenger hunts last year and they LOVE it. I love it because I can include things they each need to work on. My son is still nailing down his colors while my daughter is learning to write her number symbols correctly. I’ve created a couple of printables for scavenger hunts, but it can also be done with just a piece of paper. My son, for example, can have a sheet of paper with different colors on it. That’s it. Then he looks around outside and tells me when he sees something that matches the color. He usually does this by saying “I spy with my little eye!” For my daughter (5) I can write down simple words for her to find outside or on a walk. The picture ones I made were helpful last year before she could read. I like to have her tally by the word or picture and then count and try to correctly write the number symbol. These have been helpful for us and I hope maybe they will be for you too!

Scavenger Hunt @ Canva

What do your kids like to find on scavenger hunts?

Have you ever taken a book outside and used it like a scavenger hunt? You can try to find different elements/characters in the book!

Find these books: Shana’s Usborne Book Nook

Picture of Big Book of Big BugsPicture of Bugs - IRPicture of Gardening for Beginners - ILPicture of Shine-A-Light: Secrets of the Apple TreePicture of AnimallyPicture of Shine-A-Light: Secrets of the Vegetable GardenPicture of Lift-the-Flap Colors


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