Scavenger Hunts -Nature/Colour/Indoors

scavenger hunt

We have been talking about the earth and the web of life at my house lately. Every animal in the food chain has an important job to do just like every child in my home daycare has an important job that contributes to the whole group. This week we learned about scavengers in the animal kingdom and how they work as the clean up crew of the natural world.

I read the children a few books from the library. We covered some new animals (vultures, hyenas) and some familiar ones (sea gulls, raccoons). What’s a circle time lesson on scavengers without including a few scavenger hunts?

Egg cartons are a great container to use for a scavenger hunt because the lid keeps the treasures safe but they are also easy to open and close. I covered the tops of the cartons with construction paper so my kids could write their names on the lid. Of course, we had to take a few moments to decorate our egg cartons.

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I printed off some scavenger hunts that I found on Pinterest.  I used ones with pictures and words.  I cut them up so the children could glue the scavenger items they wanted to find to the inside lid of their egg carton. This way, each child had their own custom made hunt (which reduces competition and fosters cooperation).

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Since my group this week included both younger and older children I planned to do an outdoor nature based scavenger hunt and also a colour scavenger hunt. I had the children colour six of the egg cups with a different colour.  In each cup they could place anything they found that was the same colour. This was a good counting activity for some, 🙂

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The children could either check off the items they found (like a tree) or put the item in their egg carton (like a rock). This was a good opportunity to talk to my group about being kind to nature.  We discussed taking objects like fallen sticks and dead leaves that the plant no longer needed.

I gave the kids little slips of paper to record items they found but couldn’t take with them for the colour scavenger hunt.  Older kids wrote down their treasures and the younger kids drew a picture. My group enjoyed going to an indoor community/recreational complex on a recent rainy morning when they wanted to do another colour scavenger hunt. We walked around and found lots of good objects to record.  You could also do an alphabet hunt or a texture hunt this way.

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After each child had filled their egg carton to their satisfaction we sat down together and shared our finds.  I see these conversations as wonderful opportunities for the children to express their achievements to the group.  Feeling heard and being recognized for your accomplishments is an important component in feeling part of a supportive group.  These activities help to build a child’s self-esteem and wonder about the world.

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Happy Hunting!

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