A nature scavenger hunt is one of the best tools for inspiring children about the natural world. It helps them foster a strong connection and understanding of nature. The natural world is rich in many small wonders and treasures, and children are naturally drawn to these things.
The variety of small items is incredible and they can include:
-various small plants, leaves and flowers
-skulls and bones
-insects and spiders (alive or dead)
-frogs and toads
-lizards and snakes
-birds eggs and fallen nests
-tracks and scat
-and many other little inspiring wonders
Here are some helpful tips for facilitating a nature-based scavenger hunt:
These games can really help inspire and connect kids to the natural world through the direct experience of their senses. It can help encourage them to touch, see, and smell things that they might otherwise not be inclined to investigate.
Don't underestimate the potential learning possibilities and excitement a simple natural scavenger hunt can create! Have a great time exploring and learning through nature!
Additional Resources for Outdoor Games with Children:
Two excellent books for finding creative ways to help children connect with the natural world written by Joseph Cornell are: Sharing Nature with Children and Sharing Nature with Children II.
About the Author: Filip Tkaczyk is a periodic guest teacher at Alderleaf. He also wrote the field guide Tracks & Sign of Reptiles & Amphibians. Learn more about Filip Tkaczyk.