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The Best Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids


This past weekend, we decided to do a nature scavenger hunt for kids!  The weather was perfect here in the mountains of North Carolina!  The sunny skies and mild 80 degree weather was just what we needed to get outside and explore!

Once we decided to do this outdoor scavenger hunt, we packed our Osprey hiking backpack with towels, water, and lunches for when we reached the end of our walk.  For lunch, the girls filled the Bentgo boxes with peanut butter sandwiches and apples.  Thankfully, the backpack is designed to be feel lightweight, even when it’s packed full.   Next, we printed off the free nature scavenger list, grabbed a marker and clipboard, and we were just about ready to step outside.

Wait, we can’t forget the GoPro!  Skyler has her own YouTube channel (Skyler K), and loves to record her adventures with friends and family.  After a brief intro, we were finally off to start looking for the items on our nature checklist.


You can watch our nature scavenger hunt video, below!




Little did the girls know, this fun outdoor activity for kids was also a learning experience.  Skyler read the list, while her friend used picture cues (early reading skills)  to follow along.  Then, they practiced staying on-task by checking their items as they went along.  Plus, the entire adventure was a language building experience.  Not only did they build vocabulary, they also worked on expressive language skills as they talked about each item and their experiences in nature.



Free Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable

If you want to bring the learning outside, grab your free nature scavenger hunt printable below!  This would be a great nature activity for homeschooling, or if you are looking into nature-based classrooms.





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Nature Scavenger Hunt