Nature Scavenger Hunt

Nature Scavenger Hunt

I am not one of those moms who can’t wait for school to be out so she can spend all day, every day with her kids. I am more one of those moms who breaks out into hives trying to figure out what the heck I’m going to do with 3 boys between the ages of 2 and 8 all day, every day. Sending them outside to play is great, except we’re starting to get a lot more fighting than we’ve ever had before {and in fact, as I am writing this, Mason just came in screaming because D and Connor were wrestling and it scared him. Perfect.}. And then there are rainy days. Don’t get me started on rainy days.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids. Adore them, actually. And the vast majority of the time, I love being around them more than anything in the world. But sometimes, just sometimes, they make me want to start drinking sweet tea vodka and lemonade at 10:30 a.m.

This is one of the reasons I do the summer fun list. When we’re having a rough day, I can always go over and find an idea on there of how to occupy them for a few hours.

The other day, we scratched two things off the list: Millbrook Marsh and “Go on a nature scavenger hunt.”

Nature Scavenger Hunt

We did a nature scavenger hunt last summer and the boys absolutely loved it. They love being outside anyways, but making a walk through a nature center/wetland into a game made things even better.

All I did was type up a list of things for them to find, printed the lists out, stuck ’em on clipboards, and away we went.

Nature scavenger hunt

Our list included the following:

1. Something with feathers
2. Leaf bigger than your hand
3. Fish
4. Flower
5. Bug
6. Butterfly
7. Spider web
8. Something fuzzy
9. Something smooth
10. Something rough
11. Something you think is beautiful
12. Something red
13. Something orange
14. Something yellow
15. Something green
16. Something blue
17. Something purple
18. Something brown
19. Something white
20. Something with fur
21. A stick
22. A chewed leaf
23. Something swimming in the water
24. Bird’s nest
25. Fallen log
26. Dead tree
27. Something growing on a tree
28. Something prickly

{If you would like to print out a copy, I created a free printable for you! Just click here to download the pdf.}

We had such a great time.

We found some things that were on the list:


And some things that weren’t:


David and Connor were both so happy that they got everything checked off {thank goodness for that man walking the dog right as we were getting ready to leave for our “something with fur” — where the heck were all the squirrels that day?}


Nature Scavenger Hunt

But most importantly, for that hour and a half, everyone got along and worked together to help the other ones find what was on their list. And that made me happy.

Nature Scavenger Hunt


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  • Audra @ Renewed Projects
    June 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Love that last picture of all three holding hands. How cute! Great scavenger hunt ideas and fun random finds along the way. It would be fun to find a leaf bigger than one’s head.

  • Angel
    June 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Hi, I love this idea. We enjoy camping and this would be a great activity to keep the kids entertained, they could even group up if there were enough of them.

    Thanks again!

  • Sarah
    July 30, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Love this idea! We’ve taken plenty of walks through nature, but have never done a scavenger hunt. Might have to modify this list with pictures, though. I’ve got pre-readers.

    • Jenn
      July 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      That’s a great idea! I’ve seen ones like that online. 🙂

  • Kate
    September 6, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Wonderful. Will feature this in this weeks Share It Saturday

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