100 Days of Play: Summertime Outdoor Photo Scavenger Hunt

Monday, July 01, 2013

I am so excited to join the 99 other bloggers participating in the 100 Days of Play Challenge hosted by Sun Scholars and Life at the Zoo! I have been inspired by many of the fun ways other moms have been playing with their children and look forward to seeing the ideas presented in the near future.

100 Days of Play

Kids love exploring the outdoors, my girls included, so an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt is always a perfect activity for us!  Scavenger hunts can happen any time of the year, indoors/outdoors, with one person or many.  The list of items can be customized to fit your individual environment and can be written, printed or in picture format.  It's the ideal game, in my opinion.  Collecting items allows children to use their five senses to see, feel, smell, hear and possibly taste.  Plus, they get a sense of their surroundings and are able to experience the beauty around them.  While Abby was able to do just that, I also gave her the opportunity to document her hunt with a camera.  She loves taking pictures and this allowed her to explore and act like a big girl at the same time.

100 Days of Play Scavenger Hunt

I made a special Summertime Outdoor Scavenger Hunt sheet.  It's all about using your creativity to see what you can spot in nature.


On our scavenger hunt, we searched for different textures (soft, hard, smooth), shapes (triangles, circles, squares), colors of the rainbow, animals, nature (trees, grass, clouds) and alphabet letters (T, X, Z) to name a few.  You can download our exact checklist here to use as inspiration or to use in your hunt.
Abby taking picture

picture taking

Even little Summer got to help....

wagon ride

Here's a collection of some of her photos.

Abby's Scavenger Collage

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  1. Abby the adventurer with her sidekick Summer seems to of been busy girls. Lots of good photos. I believe your have a photographer in the family! :-) I like the idea of making her think about what makes the different shapes, textures, etc.

    1. It was challenging for her at first, but when she started using her imagination she started flying through the list. Summer was so content on the wagon ride just taking everything in.

  2. Love this idea, and thanks for sharing your checklist! My preschooler would love this!

  3. very clever. I'd like to add this idea into our new school routine as we incorporate more nature study. I just might use this scavenger hunt idea monthly, and watch the changing of season in their photos.
    (stopping by via 123Homeschool4me)

    1. That's a lovely idea, Linda. It's a wonderful way to explore their surroundings and see new and exciting things!

  4. Abby takes good photos. That is a neat idea for the girls to explore. Keep up the good work, Tara.

    1. Thanks, Dad! She always loves being outside and taking pictures was just an added bonus for her.

  5. I'm featuring this tonight at Teach Me Tuesday at Preschool Powol Packets!! Thanks so much for sharing last week!

  6. What an awesome idea, Tara! Thanks so much for sharing your free printable! I featured your post as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow (and on Pinterest).

  7. We did this! Thanks so much!!


    1. How wonderful, Victoria. I can't wait to head over and check out your experience.