Today we spent a lovely morning in the park. I printed some scavenger hunt sheets out from The Woodland Trust. They’ve got lots of really fun, simple activities for all seasons. You can filter them by age, season and activities type (crafts, outdoors etc) so it’s very easy to go on and find something to do in any weather. A scavenger hunt is a fantastic way to get everyone outside, learning about nature. Seasonal ones are especially good fun, as kids get to really explore the natural changes a new season brings, and appreciate the differences, not only in temperature.
The Scavenger Hunt
We all put on our coats and pumps and off we went trekking (as much as you can with a pram) through the park. I normally try and get the boy to stick to the path and not pick things up, so he was really excited to get to go in the really muddy bits and pick everything up! To be honest though, he didn’t get as messy as I’d expected. Maybe I should start letting him explore a little more.
We found so many conkers, which he was excited about. I’m not sure why but I don’t think he’s ever played with one. That doesn’t really seem to be a thing anymore. Probably because health and safety rules in schools mean they aren’t allowed. That said, I don’t remember playing conkers when I was younger either. So perhaps it hasn’t been a trend for a long time.
We also found lots of different kinds of leaves. It was really good to have a sheet to identify them all as it’s not something I know much about. It was a great way for him to practice his adjectives as well. Describing to me all the different things he’d found, which is something they’ve been doing at school this week.
We’ve also collected lots of nice brown leaves, which once they’ve dried out we will use to make a hedgehog picture.
The girl slept the whole time. The boy absolutely loved it and I think anything that stops him asking for his tablet for a few hours is fantastic. The only downside was us getting rained on on our way home.