Get outdoors and have fun finding the objects on the list.....who can find them first? Nature hunts are a lot of fun for the whole family.

Do you like a scavenger hunt? These are so much fun to do! Not only are they a way to get outside together and have an adventure, but they are also low prep.

There are many health benefits of being outside…..it chases away the blues, increases vitamin D, boosts the brain, it’s good for the eyes and good for sleep. I am a big believer in kids being outside. Check out my video on outdoor learning and being outside. 


HOW DO YOU MAKE A SCAVENGER HUNT? 

You can make nature hunts based on several different factors:

  • Color
  • Texture
  • Animals
  • Flowers
  • By the alphabet
  • What you see in the different seasons

Scavenger Hunts do not have to be complicated.

Based on your child/children’s ages, you can do 5-10 objects or 15-20. You can have simple lists or incorporate a greater level of difficulty by asking them to find something a certain size or length (an awesome way to include math). 


HOW TO DO IT

There are so many ways in which you can hunt – as a team, as an individual, with points, without points, timed, no time limit……honestly, it is up to you. Mix it up. Have fun with it. 

My girls love a scavenger hunt with a prize. Sometimes I will assign a point value to different items and, knowing that they might not be able to find everything, the one with the highest point total gets the prize (also please note that in the interest of fairness, both get a prize!) 

You could have your children just check off what they see. Or they could draw a picture of the object, or take a photo. It really is up to you.

If you don’t want to make your own list, I will have some printables on my website of some different lists.

But if you want to create your own lists, I have put together a list of items that you can draw from. This is what I do – draw from a larger list. I try to change up what we do each time. 

A nature scavenger hunt is truly a great way to get outside, get some vitamin D and fresh air. It puts you in touch with nature and lets you see something different. If you don’t live near a nature reserve or national park, etc. you can do a scavenger hunt in a park. Don’t feel that you can’t do a scavenger hunt because you are limited with options. Improvise and do what you can.

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Here’s a list for you

Here is a list of items that you could choose from to create your own nature scavenger hunt:

A Weed
Acorn
Animal poop
Animal tracks
Ant
Bee
Berries
Bird
Bird egg
Bird’s nest
Brown leaf
Butterfly
Caterpillar
Chipmunk
Clouds
Clover
Colored feather
Colorful rock
Creek or stream
Dandelion fluff
Deer
Dirt
Evergreen tree
Fallen branch
Fallen tree
Feather
Fly
Foot prints
Forked stick
Frog or toad
Grass
Green leaf
Hole in a tree
Insect
Ladybug
Litter
Lizard
Mosquito
Moss
Moth
Mushroom/fungi
Nuts
Pebbles
Piece of bark
Pine cone
Pine needles
Pine tree
Purple flower
Rabbit
Red bird
Rock
Sand
Seeds
Shadows
Small stick
Smooth rock
Snail
Something black
Something heart shaped
Something smooth
Something spiky
Something that smells good
Something you can eat
Spider
Spider web
Spiky leaf
Squirrel
Tree stump
Twig
Vines
Waterfall
White feather
White flower
Wild flower
Wild flower
Worm

Want to print something out? Here are a couple of printables I put together for you.


Check out these other related posts:
Diggle and Doe’s List of Fun Things to Do this Summer
Putting Together Scavenger Hunts

Michayla Best

For over 30 years I have worked with children in a variety of capacities, whether as a teacher or tutor, a babysitter, a camp leader, or family advocate. I have always found a way to connect with children, to help them understand themselves and the world around.

I am Mummy to trinational twincesses who keep me on my toes with their questions, their commentaries, their shenanigans and acts of spontenudity.

Wife, world traveler, musician, crafting queen and self-proclaimed nerd; I love to take what I see, glean, know and help families to find their groove and be successful.

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