Nature Scavenger Hunt

5 08 2011

One of my summer goals was to take the boys on a nature scavenger hunt.  Mostly because I thought they would really enjoy it but also because we have a scavenger hunt bag, and now’s the time to use it!  I’ve seen many examples of this on the web; if you google it you can find tons of ideas.  The way I did it was I took a piece of plain paper, folded it in half, opened it up, then folded it in half the other way.  Once open, this just gives 4 boxes in which you can write/draw your objects to find.  I told BB what we were doing and he quickly came up with 8 ideas so we did another paper also.  In each square we drew a picture; he did some and I did some and it’s hard to tell whose are which, haha!  Then I wrote the name of each object (you know, in case it wasn’t obvious that a green circle was a closed flower).  I was surprised at how into it he was!  When we were done, I cut the papers in half the long way so that I had 4 strips of paper, stacked them up and stapled in the middle to make a little booklet. Here are some of the pages from our book:

2011 08 August

I had to laugh when BB came up with “bear” as something to find, but I put it down anyway.  This park is pretty tame but you occasionally hear stories of bears in the area, so you never know!  These were taken post-hunt, when we had collected some of the items.  I told BB we could take pictures of anything too big or too far away to collect.  So we packed up our booklet and headed to our local park to go for a little hike.  It was an absolutely beautiful day!


It was dim enough in the forest that pictures were blurry but BB wanted to hold LB’s hand and it was so cute.  Mostly I think he wanted to boss him around, though, it’s not out of brotherly love or anything like that. 


They boys did a great job walking the 1 mile loop.  We stopped on the playground for a bit but mostly did some walking and exploring in the woods.  This park has a nice boardwalk over some wetlands, so we love to see what wildlife we find there.  Sure enough, we found one of our items: a frog!


We finished our hike with a visit in the nature center and you’ll never guess what we found:


So in the end we found a bear but not an oak leaf, go figure!  (For those of you with eagle eyes, yes we found something BB called an acorn but I just let him think that, I’m pretty sure it was not because (1) it didn’t look much like an acorn and (2) we never found an oak tree).  It was an activity that made a trip to the local park much more interesting so I’m sure we will be doing that again whenever we have a beautiful day with no plans!



One response

12 08 2011

That would be a great thing to do when you go camping and they can explore a different environment! You might even find a “real” bear 🙂

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