Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pinterest Inspired Day 14: Nature Scavenger Hunt

Pinterest is loaded with various scavenger hunt pins. My favorite is picture cards from saltwater-kids.com. I will make these to keep in our backpack for future outdoor adventures.

Today I just made up a sheet with a list if items on it for P to check off. I looked at several lists and picked what to put on our list. It would be very simple to create a tailored list for the area you are visiting: beach, woods, desert, etc...

This is an excellent activity for a child who needs motivation to hike or just be outdoors. My children do not need such motivation. P found 80% of what was on the list within five feet of the car. Then she was so excited about the hike and running crazy that she really "needed" me to carry her notebook. It did help to facilitate a little further discussions about the surroundings but beyond that not much else. Like I said, P & J love exploring, looking for bugs, flowers, and catching salamanders. A more challenging list might be good with more specific options like certain bugs to find or color specific flowers. But then I have to ask myself if I want to carry the notebook.

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