Keeping track: Given pencil (colored or grey), kids can check each category as they find it to keep track of their progress. They can also sketch what they see, using their drawings as "evidence" that they have found a given object.
End and chat: End when kids are this age will nearly always let you know when they have had enough by dropping their cards on the ground, turning them into wings or swords, etc. Welcome the shift in activity as it comes, and later, ask kids about the experience, ideally over a well-earned snack.
Nothing inspires engagement and development 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 close attention to their surroundings and hold that focus for longer than usual. Searching for particular treasures or categories of treasure will naturally lead kids to want to hunt for more, building genuine curiosity. Although the categories are still somewhat concrete, practice with grouping things helps kids learn to make connections between ideas, a most important 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