Nature Walk & Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is a great way to get some fresh air and exercise while also having a lot of fun with your family. As an added bonus, it's easy to create a scavenger hunt at home – all you need is a scavenger hunt card – and that's what you'll find here.
Why scavenger hunts?
Scavenger hunts encourage young explorers to use their surroundings as a source of learning. Taking your kids on a scavenger hunt helps them gain confidence through exploration, but more importantly, it will help develop their observation and critical thinking skills, two crucial qualities for a child's development.
Get ready... Get set... Wonder!
2. Decide on the location of your nature walk. This could be your local park, neighborhood, or even your backyard! Select the scavenger hunt card(s) that mirrors the type of nature surrounding you.
There aren't any "rules" to a nature walk, but we have a few suggestions to keep your child engaged:
Invite your child to be the leader. To help your kids appreciate the process and focus on what excites them, encourage them to set their own pace on the walk. As a parent it’s easy to get caught up in the coordination of the walk. Remember to embrace the journey, not the destination!
Ask questions to nurture their curiosity. What’s that over there? Where are you taking me? What’s this for? What does this sound like? By asking open-ended questions, your child is more likely to make observations. The variety of things they notice should increase with every question, leaving your child feeling even more curious. Try to discern the logic behind their thinking, and provide further opportunities for them to investigate.
Let them get dirty. There’s no doubt about it: our kids today are growing up in a much different environment than we did when we were kids. As the digital age emerges and technology intrudes further into our daily activities, its effects can be seen in every part of our lives. Encourage your child to touch and feel whatever piques their interest. Nurture their adventurous side and push their comfort zone with the natural world!
Seach & Collect
On the walk, search for items on your scavenger hunt card and cross them off as you find them. A treasure box is a great gathering tool for discoveries and storing special objects you find on your nature walk. Whether it’s rocks, leaves, acorns, or other nature items, the point is to spark curiosity in your child. We include a recycled treasure box in our Nature Kit but any container works....bonus points if it's being repurposed!