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.
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
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
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
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.
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!
Free Printable Scavenger Hunt
Looking for ways to help teach and entertain kids at the same time? You will love these printable scavenger hunts for elementary age kids.
- Zoo Scavenger Hunt – LOTS of choices for younger kids and educational fieldtrip options too
- Easter neighborhood easter egg hunt
- Luke 2 Christmas Story scavenger Hunt
- Christmas Christmas Scavenger Hunt – christmas decorations, christmas movie, christmas selfie
- Kids Halloween Scavenger Hunt
- Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt Activity
- Fall Leaf Scavenger Hunt for kids – great way to learn about the different type of trees in your area
- Library Scavenger Hunt – LOTS of options inlcuding search by genre, specific books, resource to get to know your library, using book catalog, and more!
- Simple Nature Fall Scavenger Hunt
- St Patricks Day Scavenger Hunt
- Creative Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt
- Spring Scavenger Hunt – head out and explore your neighborhood or use as a car activity
- Scavenger Hunt BINGO
- Free Printable Indoor Scavenger Hunt PDF
- Over 76 FREE Printable Scavenger Hunts for Kids
Plant Activities for Kindergarten
- Planting Carrot cvc activities for kindergarten
- How Plants Grow Worksheet are a fun math activity for spring
- Seeds Find the Letter Worksheets alphabet activity for kids
- Food coloring flower experiment worksheet Science Experiment for kids
- Flower Sight Word Maze Workshets to practice reading fluency
- Seeds Free Addition Games – fun math activity for kindergarten age kids
- Cute, printable Name flower craft
- Flower Upper and Lowercase Letter Matching
- Seeds and Plants Activities for Kindergarten
- Easy Celery Experiment
- Egg Experiment – Silly Spring Activities for Kids
Easy kindergarten science experiments
Looking for lots more fun, science experiments for kids? You’ve GOT to try some of these outrageously fun science experiments for kids! We have so many fun, creative and easy science experiments for elementary age children:
- 100 Amazing Food science experiments for kids – arranged by type of science
- Colorful Capillary action science experiment (also known as walking water)
- Amaze kids with these 12 Hands on Science experiments with batteries
- 24 Epic Solar system science projects to try this week
- Fun Water balloon science experiment that explores density
- 50 Fun Preschool science experiments the whole family will want to try
- Red White and Blue Science Project
- Salt Crystal Hearts
- Floating Egg Experiment
- Simple Galaxy science project
- Easy and Fun Dancing Raisins Experiment
- Learn about weather as you find how to make a weather vane
- Eye opening Eye science experiments
- Fizzing Christmas Science Experiment
- Easy-to- make Air pressure science project
- Amazing POP rocks science experiment is one of our all-time favorite science experiments we like to do during the summer are
- Stunning Chromatography Flowers are so pretty you’ll forget it was as science project!
- How to Make a Lava Lamp – super easy and SO cool!
- 30 Simple machines science projects kids will want to try
- Easy, fascinating, and colorful project answering Why do Leaves Change Color Experiment