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Try an all-weather scavenger hunt for kids

scavenger hunt for kids

What’s the Idea?

A scavenger hunt for kids is the ideal way to encourage them outside on a walk or to get them off their screens on a rainy day.

What’s the story

My husband and I love going for long walks, but with a 6 and and 8 year old this sometimes comes with a lot of moaning.

So, to help limit the complaints and get the kids outside and enjoying nature we often print out a scavenger hunt list.

And before they even realise it they are off running down a trail or searching the house for objects.

People should do this because…?

A scavenger hunt can be done almost anywhere.

So, when the weather is fine, suggesting a scavenger hunt to the kids is a great way to encourage those heavy legs and put those seeking skills to use!

And it distracts them from the idea of ‘going for a walk’ while creating a bit of an adventure.

Scavenger hunts for kids are easy to prepare and can be used individually, as a team or with siblings.

You can even create a bit of a competition.

It’s so easy to do as there are many indoor and outdoor pre-made scavenger hunt ideas around so each time the hunt can be different.

And most of the time these scavenger hunts can be downloaded for free!

If you don’t have time for a walk but would like an activity for the kids to do outside, many items can be found in your own garden.

On a day with bad weather you can find indoor scavenger hunts that get the kids searching for items within the home.

There are different lists for themes, seasons, shapes, colours etc…

How do you do it?

How to create your own outdoor scavenger hunt for your kids:

  1. Choose a theme for your hunt – this ensures each adventure can be slightly different each time
  2. Think about the different textures, smells and sounds you could discover
  3. Or think about different places they would look – up in the sky, on the ground, to the side etc…
  4. Ideally try to include around 20 or so items
  5. You can set up the items in a word, excel or powerpoint document or simply write them on a piece of paper with a ‘tick’ box. Or if you have slightly older kids they can go out and take photos of the items.
  6. Make sure they have a little bag or bucket to collect things
  7. Think of a little prize they can have at the end as a little incentive

Make sure the kids have a pencil or pen to hand to tick off the boxes

A little bag or bucket to keep things in that they find (if they can be moved or kept)

You could even try to create a piece of art from the items you collect outside.

Providing a little treat at the end like a chocolate or ice-cream always gives my kids a bit of boost!

Stuff you may need

  • Computer, laptop, phone
  • Wifi
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • A little bag or bucket

Links to other stuffer pages

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Links to other articles on the web

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/01/nature-scavenger-hunts

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/no-30-go-on-a-scavenger-hunt

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/parenting/g32050844/scavenger-hunt-ideas-for-kids

https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/games-and-activities/activities/indoor-scavenger-hunt

Links to other videos on the web

Links to books

https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/natural-world-the-environment/the-ultimate-book-of-scavenger-hunts,stacy-tornio-9781493051533

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