Do you get stir crazy after being inside for too long? Today was that kind of day for me. After being stuck inside with three kids with the stomach flu for the past four days, I HAD TO GET OUT!
We decided to take advantage of the gorgeous, sunny, and 55 degree weather and take my friend Becca, from The Bucket, up on her Nature Scavenger Hunt Challenge. If you live or plan to travel near the DelMarPa (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania for non locals) area I highly encourage you to check out her blog. Her and her handsome boys are exploring every park, wildlife refuge, and trail in the area. She finds the coolest trails and neatest parks to explore.
I also love to take my girls on adventures and check out the local parks and trails, so we constantly check her site to see where she has been. Not long again her and I discussed creating a picture scavenger hunt so that when people visit these amazing places they can try to find the same things she found.
Being the amazing photographer, adventurer, and person that she is, she did it! So today, we took her up on her first nature scavenger hunt challenge.
If you aren’t anywhere near the DelMarPa region you should come visit and if you are then you HAVE to check this out.
Our adventure today took us to Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in Milford, Delaware. During this time we not only kept a look out for the landmarks that my friend Becca, at The Bucket, recommended but we also observed trees, new spring growth, ducks/geese/frogs, and just nature in general.
First up on the hunt was this adorable little dock. We had a blast just watching the geese and listening to the frogs and birds. I have a feeling that had it been a little warmer B would have ended up in the water.
Next up, this little hut. B loved the idea that people used to live in huts like this and she was fascinated with the way they had herbs hanging from the rafters.
Fire pit! This just made all of us crave some S’mores. The girls enjoyed finding good S’mores sticks and pretending to roast marshmallows. The perfect Shrimp sized bench. As you can see from this picture she can sit on it perfectly. It’s the tiniest little bench ever.
This amazing tree! Hard to tell from this picture but it has four trunks and is massive. I may not know a lot about trees but I love a good tree and this one was pretty spectacular.
We successfully completed our first Nature Scavenger Hunt with The Bucket and can’t wait to see what she has in store next!
What is the Purpose of a Nature Scavenger Hunt?
Well, I am glad you asked. Not only does being outside and getting fresh air do a body good, but it allows your kiddos to explore the world around them. By taking a walk through the neighborhood or setting out on a rough terrain trail, kids will learn so much.
Learning to make observations is a critical skill and not one that has to be associated with a lab report. Your backyard or a local park are great places to make that happen.
Just today we saw what looked like the work of an eager beaver, a dead snake, some bright green and luscious moss, and a random patch of beautiful spring flowers.
These adventures help kids learn about the environment and also helps them to hopefully gain a love and appreciation for the great outdoors. What is not to love about the great outdoors, except for that snake that scared me to death today?
Interested in the idea of an outdoor scavenger hunt check out these ideas below:
Nature Scavenger Hunt with Pictures-The Bucket (Delaware, Maryland, and PA regions)
Bug Scavenger Hunt – Preschool Powol Packets
Free Printable Bird Book – BuggyandBuddy
Printable Nature Scavenger Hunt – The Jenny Evolution
Eye Spy Nature Scavenger Hunt – TheJoysofBoys
I challenge you to take advantage of the warm weather this spring and get outdoors. Choose a nature scavenger hunt that works for you and your family and give it a try! I don’t think you will be disappointed.