I so hope Spring is coming soon!
We are really in the mood for more outdoor time without all the snow boots and heavy coats.
In hopes of warmer temperatures, we've put together an early spring scavenger hunt list for kids to encourage them to get out and discover what nature looks like as spring approaches.
So grab a light jacket & head outside to explore the season!
Spring Scavenger Hunt for Kids
One of the great learning opportunities with scavenger hunts is to help kids to hone their observation skills.
With an outdoor hunt, you can also mix in some great science and nature lessons too.
Talk to kids about what they might expect to see as Spring approaches. For example, they may not realize that the warmer weather is a signal to migrating birds who will start to fly north. Pointing out the buds and new leaves on the trees will also introduce kids to some of the cyclical changes in nature.
Scavenger Hunt Tips:
When heading out on a scavenger hunt in the Spring, we like to have a few key items with us. Here's our list including affiliate links to a few of our favorite things:
◊ Wear sneakers or boots as you may run into muddy areas.
◊ We love having the printable list on a sturdy 9 x 12" Clipboard clipboard so it's easy to hold & don't forget a pencil to check things off the list!
◊ And a pair of kid-size Binoculars pair of binoculars are a must! They give the kids a wider range of places to look.
◊ If you'd like to do other nature activities, print off some of these 40 free nature activities to bring along with you too.
◊ Be sure to have your smartphone or camera -- it's always fun to get some photos on hunts like these!
◊ If the kids always have lots of questions (like mine ;), we also love having one of these awesome kids' field guide or nature books with us so we can look up the answers.
Here are some of the things you may find in the Spring:
° 3 different types of birds - can you tell what kind they are?
° Flowers starting to grow (hint: look for small green leaves coming out of the ground)
° Buds growing on a tree or bush
° A rabbit (this may be a challenge, but with the warm temps, who knows!)
° Something rough and something smooth
° Look for one yellow item, two red items and one white item
° A squirrel eating something
° Listen for a bird - then copy it's sound
° Animal tracks - look in muddy areas; you'll have to look carefully for these
° Tree seeds - like pine cones, helicopters, etc.
° 5 different types of trees - since most won't have leaves, you can tell they are different in early spring by the bark on the tree.
° An animal that's not a squirrel, rabbit or bird - what are they doing when you see them?
Related Activity: 50 Spring Nature Crafts & Activities
Grab this free Printable Version of the Scavenger Hunt!
Head out to a park, hike a trail or even scout out these seasonal changes in your own backyard!
And if you're looking for more scavenger hunt ideas,
visit our 17 Spring Scavenger Hunts & Games!
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