To do: Plan a scavenger hunt at the park
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: List of items to collect
Scavenger hunts are an easy and fun activity to do practically anywhere. The park is an especially great place to run around, searching for miscellaneous items! So on your next trip to the park, plan to have a Nature Hunt, using these ideas.
With your family, try making this a group activity, with all of you looking to complete a list of items, rather than a competition to see who can complete the list first. Here are some things to look for:
- Acorns with the tops still on them
- Leaves bigger than your hands
- An object that’s the same color as your eyes
- A stick the same length as your foot
An alternative to a scavenger hunt could be a sort of counting race, for example: How many trees can you touch in 1 minute? How many acorns can you collect in 1 minute? Let’s see how many times we can run around the big tree!
What your child will learn: Every interaction your child has with his or her environment is a learning experience. When children can use all of their senses to interact with the world, they take in loads of information that helps them categorize and make sense of their surroundings.
For your older child: Pack a journal for your older children to practice writing down their own scavenger list. Then, as they find items, they can cross them off! What a feeling of accomplishment.
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