Autumn Scavenger Hunt Activity with the Kids
Ok, so I am quite obsessed with Scavenger Hunts and have been since I was a kid. There’s nothing like the thrill of finding something. I remember doing nature scavenger hunts with my mom as a kid and the excitement of finding FREE Stuff from nature! Cliché as it is, it is the small things that we remember as the big things. In this day and age of video games, video chatting, and anything video, I know we find it more and more difficult to encourage the kids to get outside and explore nature… Enter, the Scavenger Hunt! It’s a fun, really simple activity for kids of all ages and perfect for thanksgiving break!
So here’s what you need:
Blank, Brown Paper Bags (one for each participant)
Markers or crayons that child can use to easily write on the bag
A safe area to walk in and collect nature’s bounty. Your neighborhood or even the back yard will suffice. This is also a great thing to do before going on a family hike!
Here’s what you do:
Give each child a bag and a marker or crayon and have them write their name on it. If they are too young to write their entire name, have them put their fist initial.
Do the same on your own bag
Have them take turns naming items they would like to find on the scavenger hunt. Great Ideas are: Red leaf, orange leaf, yellow leaf, a funky leaf, something silly, something special, green leaf, 4 special leaves, clover, windmill, acorn, grass, unique leaves, small sticks, pebbles, a white pebble, something that begins with the same letter as their first name, something that smells nice, a leaf with more than 3 points, a favorite item, moss, a plant, etc. Keep the items realistic. We all know kids can get silly quickly so reign it in by getting them excited about realistic items by suggesting they find 1 item they think is unique. If they say they want to find a cow or a unicorn etc. remind them that such items will of course not fit in the bag silly, but perhaps they would like to find something else that they believe to be magical… you get it.
Have them write each item on the bag as you do the same. If they are too young to spell, have them draw a picture of the item.
Limit the items to 10- 12 total and be sure to include at least 12 leaves each if you intent to then try our SoGAL placemat project. Once you are all set, get bundled up and head outside. Each participant will place their found treasures in their bag as they find them. Once everyone has found the required items, you can head back home to go through them together there.
I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the wonder and dialogue you are about to experience! Your kids might have never looked at the leaf on the curb quite the same way they will today. Not only will the kids love the thrill of the hunt, but they will love that they were part of creating it! Happy Hunting!!
….and pssst…. After the hunt, go through the items together to show each other your treasures and then check out our SoGAL leaf placemat project and exploding volcano for great ways to use your found treasures!