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Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
Teacher educator and author of many teacher reference books. Amused by random ideas and loves random acts of kindness. Enjoys writing humour...seriously!Please see my Instagram: wilsonjeni
Published September 17th 2013
As easy as 1, 2, 3
This is a pretty much anywhere, anytime activity for all ages. The level of challenge can be adapted according to the ages of the children. It's great for school holidays or weekends and simple as 1,2 3.

1. Choose a park or outdoor space.



2. Find a paper (or plastic bag) and list on the front things to find and collect. Some examples from nature include:
a small leaf, a coloured feather, pebbles the size of your thumbnail, something soft and different coloured grasses. You can make some 'green' rules such as it has to be found on the ground not picked from trees or shrubs.

I prefer items found in nature but 'planted objects' can be fun too. Here's some easy things to hide: coins, doll's shoe, small plastic toys, hair comb, puzzle pieces.



If you can be bothered a clipboard and pen can be provided for each participant. Kids rather like this but I think it requires a bit too much prep. For a high tech version of this activity take an iPad/tablet and have kids photograph their items.

That's about it. But be warned kids love this so much they will want to keep creating new versions. Pretty soon they will be digging up the back yard, finding treasure and making treasure maps. It's happened to me.

3. Have fun!

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Why? As a circuit breaker during holidays or anytime you want an outdoor activity for kids
When: Anytime
Where: Anywhere including your own backyard
Cost: nil
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