Getting Outside for a Spring Nature Scavenger Hunt {Free Printable}


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Spring comes early in Texas. Last week, I decided to take advantage of the perfect weather and get my kids to go on a nature hike with me. The twins are 7 now, and Liam is 10. They definitely have their own ideas about how to spend their time. So, while I was at Walmart, I picked up a couple big boxes of Goldfish® crackers. I had a great plan for them!

Free printable nature scavenger hunt for kids, plus a simple craft to encourage listening to nature sounds along the way.

When we don’t have our noses in a book, we’re an outdoorsy family. We love hiking, boating, and biking together. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to get past the inertia of being comfortable indoors.

Once we actually get going, we love getting out into nature. I just needed something fun to get us started!

Free printable nature scavenger hunt for kids, plus a simple craft to encourage listening to nature sounds along the way.

All three kids love Goldfish crackers, which I consider a win-win. I appreciate the smarter ingredient list. The kids love the big flavor and the fun shape. So I knew they’d work well with the nature scavenger hunt I was dreaming up.

Nature Sounds Craft

First up on my list, though, was a simple craft.

Free printable nature scavenger hunt for kids, plus a simple craft to encourage listening to nature sounds along the way.

I love how, when you’re out in the woods, you can just be still and listen, and then one by one pick out sounds you hadn’t noticed before—sounds like different bird calls, frogs, cicadas, and the wind in the trees.

I wanted the kids to pay attention to sounds too, and so we made a quick craft to focus their attention on it. I cut a paper towel roll into three pieces, and cut up construction paper to roll around them. We drew pictures on the paper, and then taped and glued them onto the rolls.

We snipped the overhanging edges and then folded and glued them to the insides of the rolls. (see photo) The result is a tube you can hold up to your ear and listen through. Honestly, it doesn’t really make anything easier to hear, but the twins thought it was fun, and it got them listening.

Free printable nature scavenger hunt for kids, plus a simple craft to encourage listening to nature sounds along the way.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

I brainstormed a list of plants, animals, nature sounds, and other signs of life we might encounter, and I printed it off. I filled our water bottles, and packed up some Goldfish crackers. I told the kids that for every item they could check off the list they’d get 3 Goldfish crackers.

With that, my motivated kids piled into the minivan, and we drove to a local nature park. A few wildflowers were blooming, and some of the trees had new leaves. The sky was bright blue, and the day was warm but not hot.

We were barely on the trail when we had to stop and check off the first few items on the list. Springtime is like that, I guess!

Before long, we stopped for the first reward/snack break. I had the kids working cooperatively on their list, and so everyone got the same number of Goldfish crackers. I dutifully counted them out into expectant hands.

On the trail again, we saw a hawk take off from a still-bare tree branch, heard frog croaks, and found deer tracks. By the time we were ready for the second stop, they were really enjoying observing nature.

Free printable nature scavenger hunt for kids, plus a simple craft to encourage listening to nature sounds along the way.

 

We also took a moment to observe that some of the Goldfish crackers are smiling!

Free printable nature scavenger hunt for kids, plus a simple craft to encourage listening to nature sounds along the way.

The Snack That Smiles Back®

From silly moments in the sun to serious nature walking in the woods, our nature scavenger hunt game was a lovely way to spend a spring afternoon. Can you believe it all started at Walmart?

Not only is it the best place to load up on family snacks, but it’s also a great place to buy supplies and get started on all kinds of outdoor adventures.

Want to go on your own nature scavenger hunt? Download your copy here.  Get more ideas for meals, snacks, games and family fun when you click here.

Free printable nature scavenger hunt for kids, plus a simple craft to encourage listening to nature sounds along the way.

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