Create a nature scavenger hunt for your kids by making a nature sensory card. Using a nature sensory card makes it easy for toddlers and young children that can’t read to go on a scavenger hunt.
Going on a nature scavenger hunt with your child is a great way to spend time connecting both with your child and with nature. Other nature hunt variations can be found below.
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Nature Scavenger Hunt with Sensory Card
Since my daughter was only 2 1/2 when she did her first scavenger hunt I created a sensory card that would make it easy for her to know what to hunt for.
It turned out to be a great way to add a sensory element into the nature hunt. Collecting the items in a basket provided more sensory opportunities.
She had so much fun playing with and looking at the card I gave her before running off to collect each of the items.
Since we did our scavenger hunt in our backyard it was nice to see her recognize some of the items and go right to where she knew they could be found — awesome!
Next time we do a nature scavenger hunt with a sensory card I will take her to a spot out in nature to do this so she won’t know where some of the items are. 😉
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Nature Scavenger Hunt with Sensory Card: Materials
- 9 X 11″ piece of cardboard [We cut a piece from a box we saved in our recycle/upcycle bin.]
- Construction paper
- Nature items collected from your backyard, park or out in nature. [have your hunt in the same place that you collect your items.]
- Basket or bag
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Nature Scavenger Hunt with Sensory Card: Directions
1. Use glue to attach a piece of construction paper to a piece of cardboard cut to the same size.
2. Glue natural items from the location where you will hold the nature scavenger hunt onto the construction paper and allow to dry.
3. Label the nature sensory card. (optional)
4. Give the nature sensory card and basket to the child in the area that you collected the items and tell them to find the items that match what’s on the card.
5. Sort and discuss the items the items that your child collects. Invite your child to match the items they found to the items on the sensory card.
6. Invite your child to make a nature collage or their own sensory card using the items that they have collected as a way of extending the activity.
Nature Scavenger Hunt with Sensory Card: Variations
- Place the items in a bag to show the child what they need to collect.
- Bring the card along on the hunt to refer to, or allow the child to go hunting using only memory. [Memory activity]
- Have the child collect a certain number of each of the items to practice counting. [Math activity]
- After the hunt place a blindfold on the child and see if they can identify the items by touch. [Sensory activity]
- Hunt for textures, colors, shapes, sizes, etc.
- Use a printable instead of a card with real items.
There is no right or wrong way to have a nature scavenger hunt. The whole point is to get outside, connect and have fun! Use any of these ideas or find the inspiration to do it your own way. Happy hunting!
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Nell has over 20 years of experience working with children and is the founder of Rhythms of Play. She believes in the wonder of childhood, the power of the imagination, learning through play, and getting outside in all seasons! Learn more…