Outdoor Scavenger Hunts-Woodmam


If it were up to my kids, they’d live outside. Any chance they get, they are playing in the yard, going for a walk, looking for bugs, or exploring in the woods. I wanted to build upon their curiosity about nature, so I came up with a series of scavenger hunts for them to use during their outdoor adventures. My almost 5-year-old helped me come up with ideas of what to include on each sheet, and then I had him pick two to try out. I think these hunts are going to be most successful for kids ages 3 and up. My 2.5-year-old was not terribly interested in participating, but she did like to name the pictures and was interested in watching her brother as he searched!

This hunt is perfect to take along on a walk. You can play it like BINGO where you try to get a line or shoot for the stars and try to fill the whole sheet. We regularly go on walks through our neighborhood, but it was so fun to see my son noticing details and really studying the familiar surroundings. When we got back inside, he sat by the window and declared that he was going to continue watching for a bicycle since we hadn’t seen one during our outing. He was thrilled when someone rode by on one ten minutes later! He also asked if he could bring the sheet in the car the next time we ran an errand so that he could looks for things while we were driving. I hadn’t thought of as an alternative use, but I love it! 

I laminated our sheet so that we could reuse it. Thanks to my fellow WoodmamToys Collective Moderator, Jessica, for suggesting a laminator a few months back! You can find one for less than $20 on your favorite online warehouse shopping site, and it’s amazing how many uses you’ll find for it. Not only did laminating the sheet make it reusable, but it also gave the paper some structure so that it was easier to write on without needing to put it up against something.

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