Wednesday, October 9, 2013

How to Create a Scavenger Hunt

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We have really been trying to get outside and enjoy the Fall leaves. Since little man and I are feeling better we have been out and about. This Mom runs a house(chores, bills, cleans), business, takes classes, cooks from scratch breakfast, lunch and dinner just as a start and I run out of ideas. I am tired and will be the first to admit I don't have the energy I once did. But, I don't want to take it out on Mac and decided to create a Scavenger Hunt.
What you need:
An excited, fun loving child
Ziploc bag
A notebook to write the Alphabet on 
Then we sent out to find things Fall related things to add to our bag. We explored the ground. His first item was a yellow Leaf. You simply place it in the bag and write "Leaf" next to the letter "L" since it starts with an "L". This teaches children to learn as they play this game.
Why not make learning fun? 
"Here Mommy a Flower for you, cuz' your pretty".
This just makes my day. Creating some fun for us and he was so cute. I will suggest some rules to keep in mind. Only put things into the baggie that are not living and are from nature. We saw several cigarette buds, not something I think you want children picking up. 
Also teach them not to tough mushrooms or other things that could cause them harm. We looked and I explained what letter mushrooms starts with and why we shouldn't touch them. Education can happen around ever corner. There is so much to learn and teach little ones. 
We did find some Fall things. He had so much fun digging around looking for things. At first he didn't understand the game but picked it up quick. Whenever he found something he would sing his "A,B,C's" until he came to the letter the item started with. Now, I have this fun keepsake. We didn't find every letter on the list but that's ok.

6 comments:

  1. Looks like fun. My granddaughter, sitting on my lap, likes the dandelion the best.

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  2. I love this idea! I think I will try it with my Godson - sounds like something right up his alley!!

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  3. Great idea! I am going to conform it for my first grader grandson. I might put the names of items on the list so he can sound the out and read them.

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  4. This is a fantastic idea. We have summer holidays coming up in Australia, so I will keep this as a great idea to do with my four year old. Thank you. Amanda HelmiBM

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  5. danacerrito@live.comNovember 21, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    How fun!! We do stuff like this when we go camping every year!! It's so fun!!!

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