Scavenger Hunts are a great way to get your kids outside, but yet still not having to go very far, you can do them right here in your own back yard. There is always something new and interesting to find.
You can always make scavenger hunts on your own, it just takes a little imagination and time. Create one for kids where they can find things in their own backyard, a local park, school grounds or even in the community. Nebraska Project WILD has some that are already made for different age groups if you are in a hurry. Check out nebraskaprojectwild.org and click the “Supplemental Materials” tab.
Scavenger hunts play a key role in nature education. They teach children patience, and help them work on their observation skills. They also help them learn classification and comparison.
Besides using a piece of paper for a scavenger hunt, use an old egg carton and put pictures of things you want kids to find. They can then put them in the egg carton once they have found them.