Nothing piques curiosity and inspires even wee kids to focus like a “hunt!” Kids will need to use several senses to find the variety of items and categories on a well-rounded scavenger hunt. It’s amazing how having a challenge like a scavenger hunt inspires kids to pay closer attention to their surroundings. Searching for particular treasures will naturally build genuine curiosity about nature. Although the categories should remain rather concrete for kids ages 3 to 4, practice with grouping things helps them form the basis upon which they will learn to make connections between ideas, a most critical higher level thinking skill. Finally, the variety of categories in a hunt can really help kids realize the wide range of amazing creatures, plants and elements in the great outdoors.
We think all families should be learning outside. Try this activity with your child and begin to see the power in outdoor, play-based learning. Have fun!Email it to me