Since the weather was nice this morning and I have been wanting to take the kids on some hiking trails that we saw at the park last time we went I thought it would be fun to take them on a Scavenger Hunt. But not just any scavenger hunt, a Photo Scavenger Hunt! Now, this is an extremely easy idea that involves basically no work ahead of time, which I love, all you have to do is prepare a list of things to find on your hunt, grab the list, camera, and a pencil to mark through items as you find them, and your set to go!
Here is the simple list I put together this morning of things I thought we might find around the trails and park, but you can adapt the list to fit your surroundings and children's age. For instance,if you were just walking around your neighborhood you might include things like a mailbox, flag or person wearing a hat. For a child just learning his colors just give him a list of colors and let him find something for each color, or have beginning readers find something from each letter of the alphabet. There are so many ways to change this list over and over and make it fit into any surrounding so as to never get old. I am sure there are lots of great printable scavenger hunt lists around the internet if you need ideas and want something a little more pretty!
The good thing about the Photo Scavenger Hunt is almost everyone has a camera, or phone that takes pictures so their is no need to gather things and carry them around. Snap a picture and be done.
Dora thought it would be fun to take a picture of me while I was taking a picture of her!
We played girls vs. boys but I have took the kids in the past with a list and we all just looked for the items together. Neither team found all of the items on the list and I really don't know who "won" since we all just finished the trail together and then headed to the playground. If your family is a little more competitive and you wanted to though you could pick a small prize to give to the kid or team who got all of their items on the list marked off first.
Here are just a few things we were able to find from our list:
I usually always include litter when we do nature hunts that way I we can talk about the importance of picking up after ourselves and the impact litter has on the environment and animals but that's just me.