If you’re like me, you have a little one that loves to be outside. And if you’re like me, you’ve discovered there’s not enough chalk, bubbles, and ride-on toys to keep that little one occupied all Spring and Summer. So I’ve started to develop some games and learning activities to help us have a little more structured time outdoors and to stretch those independent activities a little further.
Matthew loves walking through the
yard neighborhood and notices everything. So I thought he’d enjoy a scavenger hunt. But I knew I had to bring it to his level. I used basic pictures (and it’s never too early to add words!) for a simple find-and-match hunt.
He thought this was great fun. I was interested to see if he’d get the concept of matching a picture representation of an object to the actual object. First, we went through the cards flashcard style–I was super-impressed he was able to name each object! We did the first one completely together including talking about the picture, walking to find a rock, and putting it on the mat. By the last card, he was able to do it completely independently. Where did my baby go?! I think 6 cards was a good number for this age. As the Summer wears on, I plan to add more cards involving things we notice around the yard.
I left these on the shelf with his outdoor toys, and he’s asked to do it twice more this week. Funny enough, he goes to the exact same spot to get the object each time. I wonder what he’s going to do when those dandelions finally die. Ha!
I designed these using basic Microsoft Clip Art and fonts (Century Gothic is a great font for kids because the “g” and “a” come out like print instead of wonky), printed them on 8.5″ x11″ cardstock, then laminated them using these laminating sheets. Now they’re durable for outdoor play! If you’d like to skip the entire design-your-own thing, you can download the ones I made here: Nature Scavenger Hunt Cards.