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Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt Activity

It’s spring. Let me repeat that, Spring is OFFICIALLY here! It is time to open the windows, go out into fresh air, feel the warm breeze on our skin and sun on our faces. I hope that you have felt that and that it’s warm enough where you are to do a Nature Walk Bag Scavenger Hunt, because it is super fun! This nature walk scavenger hunt is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders. You will love that there is virtually no-prep for this nature walk activity and it allows kids to enjoy nature instead of being too distracted with a checklist. This nature walk scavenger hunt is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders. You will love that there is virtually no-prep for this nature walk activity and it allows kids to enjoy nature instead of being too distracted with a checklist.

Nature walk scavenger hunt

It’s not hard to find things to do outside, we have a variety of outdoor toys and of course there is always running and dancing. Sometimes, though, I still need a quiet activity – even if we are outside. Or an activity with a purpose, kids need those sometimes. This nature walk scavenger hunt is definitely both of these. Toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, and grade 2 students will all enjoy with nature walk activity! Use this spring activity for kids to get outside, explore nature, and discover amazing kindergarten science. 

Nature walk activity

Nature walk activity

It is easy to prep and it can take as long or as little as you would like it to. If you only have 15 minutes, that is great. If you want to fill a longer span of time, this will help too! 

To start you just need a paper bag, like lunch size, and coloring utensils. We had white bags, so that is what we used. I colored rectangles in a variety of colors on the front of each bag. I did try to choose colors that can normally be found in nature. I let some of the bright colors off for now, because it is so newly spring there aren’t any flowers blooming yet, so that takes quite a few colors off the board. If you are in late spring or summer, use all the colors!! 

Nature walk for kids

Nature walk for kids

Once your bag is ready, explain to your kids that you are going on a nature walk and they want to find as many things that fit those colors as they can. You could say one of each color, 5 of each, or as many as possible. When they find something, they can just toss it in their bag.

When we got home from our nature walk, we sat on the cement patio and dumped out the bag. We went down the list of colors finding all the pieces that fit that color and made piles. It was fun to see how my daughter interpreted the colors, even though they weren’t the exact same shade, she saw that color in nature and qualified it to be so. 

Nature walk ideas

Nature walk ideas

Since spring is just beginning and summer hasn’t even started, I see many nature walks in our future and we will have to make customized scavenger hunt bags based on the colors that we can see outside at the time. It will change often.

easy scavenger hunt for kids

An alternative idea for the instances when you can’t actually collect things in nature. Have the color grid and a phone with a camera. Children can take pictures of the things they can find from that color range. When you’re done with your nature walk, you can go over the colors and see what your child saw! 

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Deanna

Deanna Hershberger is a work at home mom, coffee obsessed, a diy addict and a Netflix binger. She spends her days playing and making with her daughter and enjoys quiet nights at home with her husband. She shares all of this on her blog Play Dough & Popsicles.

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  • The orange link to the nature scavenger hunt takes me back to this post. How do I find the printable link?

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