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Isn't Spring wonderful!?! Thank goodness we are finally getting more sunny and warm days than not. As a result, Chris and I are constantly coming up with different ideas on how we can spend our weekends outside. We have a park in our town that I've taken Noah to a few times with my parents, but it's always been in the fall (here and here). And while taking a hike in the fall is absolutely beautiful, we thought it would be fun to check it out in the Spring this year... and this time take Daddy!
To keep Noah interested and more engaged, I decided to whip up a little Nature Scavenger Hunt for him to do while we walked. I simply printed it out on paper and stuck it to a gift bag using double sided tape. Keep reading, because I've included a free printable of the scavenger hunt I created :)
We really lucked out with the weather. While it was sunny, it was only in the high 50s... perfect for a morning hike. Noah absolutely loves being outside and I love watching him explore! It was so cute to watch him look for all the items on the list. He kept checking in with us on what was next to find and I found that he was so much more observant as a result. For the items that we could take with us, Noah would check it off the list and then place it in the bag.
^^^ you think this stick is too big to take with us???
But there were obviously many items (like trees and water) that we couldn't take with us in his bag. That's when I decided it would be fun for Noah to use my phone and take some photos of the things he found as well. He loves using my phone at home to take photos of his toys, so I figured he'd enjoy it out here as well... and I was right! And I have to say that I was super impressed with the photos he took! I think it may be time to get him a camera of his own!
^^^ Noah's photos of the rocks, water, and trees we found. Noah was also obsessed with taking photos of the maps and then looking at it on the phone as we walked. It was like he was following along with the map as we walked :)
On our hike, Noah absolutely loved finding the items and checking them off with his crayon. He would constantly ask what was next to find and then say "X marks the spot" as he checked it off our list! When coming up with our scavenger hunt list, I wanted to make sure to include things that I was pretty confident in finding. But when we found a lily pad and turtle, I was more than happy to add it to our sheet :)
As I mentioned, I included some pretty standard items that you would normally find in nature. So even if you don't have an actual park to go to, you could still use this scavenger hunt printable when just walking around your neighborhood. I also added the colors of the rainbow at the bottom. While Noah can't read, he could identify each color by sight. We all had a lot of fun trying to spot the different colors in nature... like our own little version of "I Spy". If it was fall we would have had and easier time finding red and orange, but thankfully we did end up seeing some red and orange canoes... how lucky! I'm sure we wound't have even noticed them if we weren't doing this scavenger hunt!
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