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A Nature Scavenger Hunt

 Posted by on July 19, 2012
Jul 192012
 

It’s Week 5 of the MeMeTales Readathon. This week’s theme is A Green Earth. It is so important care about our planet. It is our job as parents to teach our children exactly what that means. My number one suggestion for encouraging an appreciation of the Earth is to get outside and explore it. Children that spend time outside are far more likely to care about the future of that space than those that don’t. Why not try a nature scavenger hunt the next time you go outside?

The books available to check out this week at MeMeTales are What Does It Mean to Be Green? and Let’s Go Chipper!.

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What Does It Me…

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What Does It Mean to Be Green? lists simple things that everyone can do to be green. Making small changes here and there will make a big impact on our world. I think this book is as much for adults as it is for kids, so be sure to read it with them!

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Into The Great …

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In Let’s Go Chipper! Into the Great Outdoors, you’ll meet Chipper, a friendly squirrel excited about sharing the outdoors with you. Aiden enjoyed meeting all of the animals and learning about them with Chipper.

A Nature Scavenger Hunt

One of my son’s favorite activities is a scavenger hunt. He just loves them {and so do I}. The Nature Conservancy has put together a great Nature Treasure Hunt that you can download, too. There are two lists – one for ages 4-7 and one for ages 8-10. Aiden is two and a half, and we easily had fun with the first list. We successfully attempted some of the things on the second list as well.

These lists are just a jumping off point. What else would your children like to add? Have them create their own lists.

Here’s a sample of what we found on our scavenger hunt.

Jump like a frog.

Find something round.

 

Flap your arms like a bird.

 

Find an animal’s home.

Flip over a rock to see what’s under. {Be sure to put it back.}

Make A Map

Making a map for your scavenger hunt will add to the fun and helps develop map reading skills. Mark on the map where your children can find the things on the scavenger hunt list. Or you and the kids can make the map while you are on the scavenger hunt. Give your map to someone else to follow, or try to use your map to find the things again on a different day.

More Ideas for a Green Earth

Read my suggestions for Teaching Children about Earth Day. This post is a link party with lots of Earth Day Celebration ideas.

Check out my For the Earth board on Pinterest and MeMeTale’s Earth Based Books, Activities, Crafts, and Learning Curriculum Pinterest board.

Be sure to check out all of the Green Earth activities linking up this week at MeMeTales.

 

What are your favorite ideas for being green?

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  7 Responses to “A Nature Scavenger Hunt”

  1. The hunt looks like a lot of fun! What a great way to head out and explore.
    JDaniel4′s Mom recently posted..Outside Play- Water: Old MacDonald’s Beach TripMy Profile

  2. This looks like SO much fun! Such a great idea and fun way to explore, learn about and appreciate the Earth!
    The Iowa Farmer’s Wife recently posted..Pretend Play: CompostingMy Profile

  3. Fantastic! Thank you for sharing the scavenger hunt with us!
    Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam recently posted..Making an Old Bike New {Read for Good}My Profile

  4. Great idea- Our scavenger hunts are open-ended :) We start our hike and say- “So, what’s new that we haven’t ever seen before?” So, the item we’re looking for is something we don’t even know we’re looking for, but when we find it, we know. :)
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  5. I love these ideas! The map is a great addition, too! Pinning this to try with my little guy. :)
    Gina recently posted..I Spy Board for Toddler @ Make and TakesMy Profile

  6. I love this! Perfect activity for his age and could easily be enjoyed by a span of ages. How fun!
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