Thursday, November 17, 2011

Backyard Scavenger Hunt

Yesterday's 30 Days to Play Challenge was to go on a hunt. 

It was the perfect day to go on that scavenger hunt that I had been planning ever since I created our Fall Bucket List

I had been putting it off for no go reason whatsoever and yesterday's challenge was the kick in the pants I needed to head outside and send the girls on a hunt.

I didn't want this to be something that took a big effort, after all, it was supposed to be fun! 

So, we stayed in the backyard. Before going out, I took a piece of notebook paper and wrote down specific attributes I wanted the girls to hunt for. 

Then we bundled up and went outside. (Yes, I did make it pretty first... that's just how I roll.)

Lizzie took off and started hunting. AJ opted to play on our slide instead. I was the recorder and photographer. We had a lot of fun hunting and taking pictures of all our findings.

Here's what we found!

Something hard: the wood on our play structure
Something soft: our gloves
Something green: some of the grass
Something brown: our dog Charlie's fur
Something tiny: the rocks in the sand
Something big: the climbing rope
Something alive: the people
Something prickly: the raspberry stems
Something smooth: our skin

We had a lot of fun with this and it's definitely something I would like to do more often. It was the perfect excuse to get outside and play on a blustery, cold day.


  1. What a GREAT idea! I will be trying this with my girls, thank you. And don't we ALL need a kick to get outside in chilly weather!

  2. Oh, we love nature scavenger hunts. Love them. Because no matter what you set out to find, you find twice as many nature treasures as you were looking for. Sounds like you and your crew had a wonderful (and successful!) nature scavenger hunt yourselves!

  3. What great descriptions to hunt for.

  4. Wonderful! I've also been wanting to set up a scavenger hunt for ages, but for some reason I always seem to think it's a big project to organize - thanks for reminding me that it can be so simple and easy and I should just do it already!

    And thanks for linking this up to the Outdoor Play Party! Will be sharing this on fb and twitter.


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