Monday, October 24, 2016

Nature Scavenger Hunt Tips

Nature Scavenger Hunts are great for any time of year and give families a chance to explore & connect with nature. I put together a fun nature scavenger hunt printable for our little rangers and I thought I'd share it with you! 
We really enjoy hiking as a family & over the last few years in Ohio, we have found some fabulous kid-friendly trails to enjoy together. Fall is our favorite time to go on hikes, explore the outdoors & reconnect with nature because the all-too familiar humidity that we've grown so accustomed to in the summer finally subsides (at least here in Cincinnati)!

Even with the nicer weather though, my kids still get tired on their hikes & need a little help staying motivated along the trail. So, I created a simple kid's scavenger hunt to keep them excited about our destination and interacting with their surroundings.
We had so much fun on our last hike! And having a checklist for the girls was really great for them because it forced them to slow down and really observe nature! 
We stumbled upon a river, and the girls couldn't help but take their shoes off and play in the water for a bit. While we were there, we found some awesome skipping rocks and challenged each other to see who could throw them the farthest (Kyle was our triumphant winner, as if his huge grin didn't give him away:D). 

 Here are some tips for your next Nature Scavenger Hunt:

1. Print out your Scavenger Hunt pages. Pack them in a plastic seal-able bag with a pen or two and stickers, so you can mark each item off the list as you find them.
2. Pick a trail to explore as a family. It doesn't have to be very long or far from where you live!
3. Bring your phone or camera to capture the things your family finds. This really helps little ones not need to take things home with them (mostly:)).
4. Take it slow. Go at your own pace and don't rush through the trail (the journey to the destination is often the most exciting part). 
I hope you have as much fun with this Nature Scavenger Hunt as we did!    Happy exploring!
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