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Encourage children to get outside with this awesome sensory nature scavenger hunt. They’ll love using their senses to find things in nature.
This one-page, print-and-go scavenger hunt idea is appropriate for use all year long. Print one out before your next nature walk.
If it isn’t the right season to find all of the objects, find what you can today and tuck the scavenger hunt away for another nature walk.
To prepare for a sensory scavenger hunt, print out one copy of the page for each child who will be participating. Gather pencils or crayons for each one.
If you’d like to make this reusable, you can laminate it and have kids use dry erase markers to mark their findings. This way, you can use the printable over and over again.
Sensory Nature Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are fun for kids of all ages, because they love hunting for various objects and crossing them off a list as they do.
When I take my kids on an outdoor scavenger hunt, I prefer to clip the pages to a clipboard which makes it easier to cross off the items they find.
This printable is good for the whole family. It has word clues to help children identify things in nature utilizing four of their five senses. We don’t encourage kids to taste things in nature.
FUN WAYS TO USE THIS PRINTABLE:
The great thing about this printable activity is that it’s the perfect way to lead into a study of nature and/or the five senses.
Spend time learning about nature.
Before or after your nature walk, choose a few topics to study with your kids. Using just the topics mentioned on this scavenger hunt, you and your kids can learn about spiders and webs, butterflies, flowers, rocks, birds, bugs, and much more.
Learn about the five senses.
Because this is a scavenger hunt that utilizes the senses, you can take a few minutes (or days) to teach about the five senses. Check out some books about the five senses, and teach your kids about the senses and the body parts associated with each one.
Using this scavenger hunt page.
This scavenger hunt focuses on four of the five senses. Kids are encouraged to find things they can
- see: spider web, butterfly, flower, rock, and green leaf
- hear: birds, bugs, water, wind, and leaves
- smell: flower, soil, green grass, fresh air, and herbs
- touch: rock, pinecone, soil, bark, and feather
BOOKS ABOUT Nature
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about nature. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
• Exploring Nature: Activity Book for Kids – Encourage young nature lovers to get outside and track, explore, discover, and create. This book is filled with hands-on, educational outdoor activities that kids will love to learn from, like crafting bird feeders out of fruit, pressing flowers, or creating sundials.
• Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt – Up in the garden, the world is full of green—leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home.
• Curious Kids Nature Guide – Curious Kids Nature Guide is filled with full-color illustrations and fun facts about the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest, encouraging kids to discover and explore nature in their own backyards and beyond.