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Unleashing Adventure: The Magic of Nature Scavenger Sheets for Kids

Hey there!


I am taking this blog very seriously and committed to sending one out every Tuesday so I am diligently sat here on Monday evening at 9pm finishing it off!).


So, this week, lets talk scavenger sheets! I love using them with children, so much so I make my own to use during Wild Things sessions, and often offer them to families as a free resource to download and use – there are many reasons why I love a good nature based scavenger hunt.



a collection of woodland treasures to find
Spring Scavenger Sheet

Here are some of the reasons why I love them!


Outdoor Learning: Scavenger hunts are like nature's invitation for children to step outside and connect with the world around them. Plus, they're a sneaky way to get those little legs moving a bit further!


Observation Skills: Ever seen a child's eyes light up when they find something on their scavenger hunt list? It's pure magic. These hunts sharpen their observation skills as they scour their surroundings for hidden treasures.


Problem-Solving: Hunting for clues isn't just about finding objects; it's a brain workout! Children flex their problem-solving muscles as they strategize and reason their way through the hunt.


Teamwork: Whether they're teaming up with friends or family, scavenger hunts foster teamwork, cooperation, and social interaction. It's all about rallying together to conquer the hunt!


Learning about Nature: From identifying plants and animals to discovering natural wonders, scavenger hunts are like mini outdoor classrooms.


Language Development: Who knew a scavenger hunt could be a language lesson too? Whether it's deciphering written clues or describing their findings, these hunts are a goldmine for expanding nature vocabulary and communication skills.


Sense of Accomplishment: There's nothing quite like the feeling of ticking off every item on your list. Scavenger hunts boost children's self-esteem and leave them feeling like champions of the great outdoors!


But most importantly they are a fun and engaging way for children to learn about the natural world while developing a range of skills essential for their growth and development – especially if you put it on a clipboard. Never underestimate the power of a clipboard…


So have I convinced you?


Here is a scavenger hunt you can download and use – I’ve listed woodland treasures you can find at this time of the year as well as being items that create great texture on salt dough or clay – which is a fun activity to do (see last week’s blog for an activity idea).


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I’d love to know it you find this scavenger sheet helpful. Give it a whirl and let me know how it goes.


Until next time,

Emma

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