Nature scavenger hunt for young kids {printable}

Raluca Loteanu May 13, 2017
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Nature scavenger hunt for young kids

This month I have created a list of things to do that will allow us to focus on nature exploration. After gathering a lot of nature activity ideas, I’ve planned some nature walks to put some of the activities into practice. One of my favorite ideas was the nature scavenger hunt for young kids, so I’ve created one for my son! 🙂

I wanted it to be suitable for his age (3 years) and also suitable for the things we can find near our home. If you have a young child, I think that a scavenger hunt could be a great activity for you too!

Here is how you can plan this activity.

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You will need:

– the printed scavenger hunt checklist (you can download it at the end of the article)

– a pencil

– a clipboard to attach the checklist (if you don’t want to use a clipboard, you can print the checklist on cardboard for more durability or even laminate it)

– a small basket (or bag) for collecting items.

The printable file contains 3 pages with different activities for the child. The first page is a scavenger hunt with images and the child is invited to find the 9 items on the list.

The second page contains a list of items that the child can collect during the nature walk. We always respect the rule of not harming nature in any way. So we don’t break leaves or petals and we never disturb anything growing. We only collect leaves and petals that are already on the ground. We use all the collected items for the nature basket in our home.

The second page of the printable file contains also a list of insects or small mammals that the child might see during the walk. You can add your own items to the list if you want. The last page contains a color hunt: the child is invited to find items with each of the colors and check the items on the list as he finds them.If you like the idea of a scavenger hunt for young kids, here is a printable file that is great for this activity! I hope that you will enjoy it! | Scavenger hunt | Nature scavenger hunt | Scavenger hunt for toddlers

Download the nature scavenger hunt file

To download the printable you just need to enter your email address below. This will also give you access to the Playful Notes community. You will find there a lot of other ideas and our full printable collection.

The file contains the 3 pages mentioned above. You can choose only one of them depending on the age of your child or the duration and location of the nature walk. I hope you will enjoy this activity!

If you like the idea of a scavenger hunt for young kids, here is a printable file that is great for this activity! I hope that you will enjoy it! | Scavenger hunt | Nature scavenger hunt | Scavenger hunt for toddlers

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    Nicolle

    May 14, 2017 Reply
    As a mom and a naturalist, I absolutely love this! I used to teach a naturalist summer camp for kids, and we did a scavenger hunt very similar to this, and the kids had a blast. I can't wait until my little one is old enough to do this!
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      Raluca Loteanu

      May 18, 2017 Reply
      I'm so glad to read this! :-) I hope that your child will be happy to try the scavenger hunt!
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    May 14, 2017 Reply
    […] Go on a scavenger hunt. (you can download HERE a printable file for a nature scavenger […]
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    CJ

    May 15, 2017 Reply
    This looks so fun! I think my kids will have a blast. Thank you for putting this together. I tried to enter my e-mail address, but got an error code.
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      Raluca Loteanu

      May 18, 2017 Reply
      I'm sorry about the error, I don't know why it didn't work! If you want, I can send you the printable file per email so that you can use it with your kids!

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    Nicolle

    May 14, 2017 Reply
    As a mom and a naturalist, I absolutely love this! I used to teach a naturalist summer camp for kids, and we did a scavenger hunt very similar to this, and the kids had a blast. I can't wait until my little one is old enough to do this!
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      Raluca Loteanu

      May 18, 2017 Reply
      I'm so glad to read this! :-) I hope that your child will be happy to try the scavenger hunt!
  • 19 wonderful dad-child date ideas that every father should try {+ printable date cards} - Playful Notes

    May 14, 2017 Reply
    […] Go on a scavenger hunt. (you can download HERE a printable file for a nature scavenger […]
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    CJ

    May 15, 2017 Reply
    This looks so fun! I think my kids will have a blast. Thank you for putting this together. I tried to enter my e-mail address, but got an error code.
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      Raluca Loteanu

      May 18, 2017 Reply
      I'm sorry about the error, I don't know why it didn't work! If you want, I can send you the printable file per email so that you can use it with your kids!

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