Here’s a fun nature scavenger hunt idea to do outside on Valentine’s Day, at a summer camp with friends, or any day just for fun!
A heart shape nature scavenger hunt is a fun activity for kids, families, and school groups. Get outside on a nature hunt to see how many hearts and heart shapes you can find in the wild. You might also enjoy going on a nature scavenger hunt with a homemade Sensory Card, and this list of outdoor activities with fun things to do outside with kids.
How to go for a Heart Shape Nature Hunt
There are several ways you can have a heart-shaped nature scavenger hunt. Head out into nature for the day to search for heart shapes, or look for them every time you head out into nature like my daughter and I do.
Collect heart-shaped natural materials to take home with you, or take pictures of all the hearts you find and put them in your nature journal.
A heart-shaped tree isn’t exactly something you can put in your pocket and take home with you. Nor should we take more than we need from nature.
My daughter and I have a small collection of heart rocks, and we sometimes press and preserve the leaves we find that look like hearts. Click HERE to learn how. You might also enjoy looking for the Signs of Spring with this fun outdoor nature scavenger hunt idea.
Related: DIY Heart Leaf Lanterns
Types of Heart Shapes Found in Nature
Heart shapes of all kinds occur naturally in the wild. Sometimes the heart shapes you find will be stationary, while other times they are moving like clouds or animals. Just look at the beautiful swans below!
Video of Heart Shapes Found in Nature
There are so many heart-shaped things you can find in nature, just look at them all!
Amazing Heart-Shaped Nature Finds
Some heart shapes you find are always changing due to the elements, like the heart-shaped rock sticking out of the snow above. Or shells that wear down over time like the one found below by Kate found over at The Craft Train. Pop on over to check out her cute little pebble love bugs HERE. You might also enjoy making Shell Frames with Handprints.
Related: Signs of Autumn Fall Scavenger Hunt
More Heart Shape Nature Hunt Ideas
Invite the kids to make nature collages and get creative with some of the hearts they find in nature.
For example, Liska over at Adventure in a Box has a name-writing nature hunt where she uses a heart-shaped leaf to complete the message below.
Get outside and go on a heart shape nature scavenger hunt to see how many hearts you can find with the kids!
After you go on a heart nature hunt invite the kids to record the types of heart shapes they find in their nature journals.
For more nature play ideas have a look at Forest School: Outside Learning and Nature Activities for Kids.
Learn more about Rhythms of Play HERE!