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.
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.
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.
Even little Summer got to help….
Here’s a collection of some of her photos.