Head out on an early Spring Scavenger Hunt with this free printable activity!
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 your kids to hone their observation skills.
With an outdoor hunt, you can also mix in some great science and nature lessons too.
Talk to your 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 them 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 tips & list of things to bring including affiliate links to a few of our favorite items:
◊ 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 as you find them!
◊ A pair of kid-size Binoculars are a must! They give the kids a wider range of places to look.
◊ If you'd like to do other nature activities with your hunt, 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!
◊ And if your 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 quickly look up the answers.
We also have a few favorite books that share the signs of the season -- always a great idea for story time before heading out on the hunt!
Spring is Here! is an adorable introduction to young readers about what they might see once Spring comes.
Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature (this one is lovely year-round but especially in the Spring!)
Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of the Natural World -- perfect for kids of all ages (adults too!) this gorgeous book is a wonderful field guide to nature.
Here's a list of some of the things you may find in early Spring along with some fun related nature & outdoor activities:
° 3 different types of birds + 15 Outdoor Bird Activities for kids
° Flowers starting to grow: try this Spring Sensory Flower craft
° 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! Here's an idea of what animal tracks will look like
° Tree seeds - learn more about various tree seeds
° 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
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!
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