Back-to-School Activities

Nature Scavenger Hunt

As you explore nature with this back-to-school activity, be careful not to disturb any plants or animals.

What You'll Need:

Step 1: Make a list of things you might find in nature in your neighborhood. They should all be things that nature "casts off," such as dropped leaves and seed pods, feathers, small stones, etc. That way, you won't be taking things that nature still needs!

Step 2: Make a copy of the list for each person who wants to join the scavenger hunt.

Step 3: Then set off, alone or in pairs, to find everything on the list. You can even have a race to see who finds the objects first!

Another way to have a nature scavenger hunt is to find things in nature but not touch them or bring them home. When you play this way, you just mark off each thing on your list as you find it.

This activity is a good way to collect the natural objects to use for other activities. For example, you could look for pine cones to make pine cone creatures, feathers to make quill pens, interesting leaves for leaf stencils, shells for shell art, etc.

One activity you could use some of the objects for a Nature's Orchestra. Learn how on the next page.

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