Updated: Apr 17, 2020
Looking for a fun way to encourage your kids to spend more time outdoors or need activities to keep them busy and don't know where to start? If you are like me, about to pull all your hair out due to this stay at home order, this is something that I hope will help. I know it is not a tropical vacation, or a lone trip to Target where all of your favorite things are on sale - but it will have them smiling!
I was inspired by a friend and thought that I should sit down and create a nature scavenger hunt. My kids happily head outside everyday, rain or shine- and sometimes even snow. Of course on the snowy mornings, they usually only are able to last a few minuets and are back inside to warm up before they head out again and again. They love adventuring, playing in the dirt, and finding new "treasures".
I thought, this would be a perfect opportunity to hunt for treasure and see them become interested and engaged in what they are doing and what they’ve found or collected. I also figured, I am sure I am not the only one looking for new and creative ideas to entertain their children.
The nature scavenger hunt I am sharing today has a fun twist too – it encourages children to use a few of their five senses to find the treasures on their hunt and mark off a few things we can't collect along the way. There are so many things to see, smell, hear, and touch.
So print a copy, grab a clipboard and a pencil and head outdoors for some treasure hunting fun! Take a basket if you wish to keep your treasures and maybe have your kids make an art project out of the things they find for an activity later in the day or tomorrow.
Please make sure to tag me on your adventure! I would love to see everyone, the treasures they collect, and the smiles created. @jessykamae
Photos by Ashley J Photo taken in Corvallis, MT