It’s about this time of year when spring fever starts to set in, at least it does for many of us who are looking forward to longer days and more hours outside. While there are a number of outdoor sports that can be enjoyed throughout the winter, let’s face it, many of them require a lot of work to get up the mountain, to get on the gear, and to get moving.
Here is a simple, fun outdoor scavenger hunt for you and your kids that just requires a coat and gloves, this list, a pen, (Optional) a phone with a camera would be fun for recording artifacts and that allows them to look up tree types, scat and other important information, a bag for trash, and a keen sense of observation. Send your kiddos out bundled up like the Pillsbury Dough Boy and tell them not to come home until they have finished hunting and finding the items on the list, and of course, “last one done is a rotten egg.”
When the kiddos get home, encourage them to draw pictures of each of the items they found. Or, encourage them to do a plasticine/modeling clay model of one of the items they found or saw, e.g. a bird, a pinecone, a tree. You could give bonus points for unique items like an old toy or marble. To make things more competitive, then you could set a time limit.
If it is a blustery day outside, an indoor art scavenger hunt may have to suffice. Have them collect the items in a Ziploc baggie or in some Tupperware.
Using the items that they found, encourage them to create a multimedia masterpiece. The rule is they have to use each item in the scavenger hunt to create a unified piece of art which includes the principles of design. Give bonus points or a prize for artists who are able to describe their design choices and the reasoning behind their choices!
Spring will be here soon enough (hopefully), but until then, enjoy each other and the togetherness that the less than ideal weather provides.