Lately, I have been trying to savor each day that is warm enough to spend time outside. My kids are probably wondering why they suddenly spend each possible minute breathing in the great outdoors and listening to me talk about how beautiful it is outside even though we seem to add a new layer of clothing each week, but I know that winter is just around the corner. I dread the days of being cooped up in a house for months on end. Admittedly, in my “great outdoor endeavor,” I have struggled to find creative things to do out there. When I came up with the idea of a picture scavenger hunt for my 4 non-readers, I was pretty excited!
I wanted there to be enough variety to keep them searching for the duration of a long walk, but I also wanted it to be attainable since they are between the ages of 2 and 5. I tried to find a variety of items that were somewhat unique to fall. It worked out perfectly!
I printed the sheets on cardstock and the half sheet size worked best for their little hands. I gave them each a pen and explained how to cross off each item as we found them. Within a few seconds they were searching everywhere, looking under things, running through the grass etc. I was impressed not only with their quick ability to find the things on the sheet, but also to find other unique things—like a toad in very urban area. Who would have guessed?! New things were discovered, first experiences had, and great memories were made!
Here’s the template: Fall Scavenger Hunt
I hope your little ones are able to enjoy it as much as we did!