This is it y’all! The last and final post for the Nature Walk Series. In this post, I wanted to talk about the benefits of using Scavenger Hunts while you walk. I briefly talked about Nature Scavenger Hunts last year, but in this post I really wanted to show the MANY, MANY different ways they can be used.
So far in this series, we talked about ways to incorporate letters and numbers into your nature walks, how to explore your senses, and ways to get more out of your nature walks. I hope that you’ve found something useful in at least one of these posts that you can use to explore nature a little more or amp up your nature walks!
Boost Your Nature Walk
There are so many scavenger hunts already available that you can easily download and use for your next nature walk. Scavenger hunts allow you to pin point specific things you want to observe and focus on during that walk. It also creates a way for you to keep your kids engaged and maybe even prolong your walk a little longer!
If you have little ones, I encourage you to read Binoculars, Shovels, and More, for tools and accessories that are guaranteed to keep your littles engaged while you walk.
Here are a few nature scavenger hunts that we love, but you can also make your own!
- Nature Scavenger Hunts by Design Dazzle
- Sensory Nature Scavenger Hunt by Racheous
- Photo Scavenger Hunt for Kids by No Wooden Spoon
- 30 Free Scavenger Hunts for Kids by Buggy and Buddy
- Family Activity Scavenger Hunt by The Family Cottage
Benefits to Scavenger Hunts
- Teaches kids how to make observations / observe their surroundings
- Teaches identification and classification skills
- Encourages engagement with Nature as you walk
- Can be modified for any age group
- Is a great vocabulary development tool for younger children
- A great tool to teach outdoor safety
- Explore and discover your senses
- Great sensory activity
- Can be used to discuss geography
- Teaches kids how to read a map / follow directions
As you can tell there are so many benefits to Scavenger Hunts. Now it’s your turn to try it out.
How can incorporate Scavenger Hunts into your Nature Walk?
Until next time,