A scavenger hunt is a great way to add some structure to outdoor exploration – and kids love it! Make a list of natural springtime finds, arm your child with a magnifying glass, binoculars and a marker (they love to check things off as they find them!), and get out there! Be sure to include natural items that are easy to spot in your neighborhood, as well as a few more challenging finds. Below is a list of kid’s scavenger hunt ideas to get you started:
1. Bird feathers
2. Bird nests (No need to disturb it! Just spot it and check it off!)
3. Grass seedlings or other new growth
4. New leaves
5. Flower blooms
10. Baby animals (ducklings, squirrels, gophers…)
Encourage creative observation and discovery by adding open-ended prompts to your list, such as:
- Something golden (or any other color)
- Something huge
- Something tiny
- Something new
- Something old
- Something in nature that starts with the letter A, B, C, etc.
You can even bring some finds home for magnified observation under a microscope – just be sure you aren’t disturbing anything living. Talk about your discoveries, using scientific vocabulary, or take it one step further by writing about what you’ve found. And don’t forget to take the same route next season and compare and contrast!
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