Add a twist to the usual trail walk and give kids a chance to discover a powerful nature concept: camouflage! What kid doesn’t like to go on the hunt for treasure? This time, the treasure is purposefully pre-planted yarn of 2 types: bright and colorful and camouflage (green, tan and brown). Kids will get hooked on the “hunt,” grabbing as much yarn as they can. In the process, they should also grasp the idea that, out in nature, bright colored yarn is easier to find than green or brown yarn. Although your discussion with them will differ a lot depending on their ages, you’ll get a chance to communicate on their level about their discovery, and maybe even what it means for the animals and plants in your environment. Use it as a precursor and give even more substance to a shelter building or hiding out activity like Hare-y hideout.
Such a hunt helps hone visual sensory skills and subtly encourages kids to take a closer look at the world around them. Plus, there is nothing like a hunt to motivate even the busiest explorer to block out distractions and focus on the task at hand. Allowing kids to discover the concept of camouflage naturally enables them to make connections between the color of an object or animal and its surroundings at the level appropriate for their age and knowledge. No matter the age, modeling how to ask open ended questions and inspire lifelong curiosity supports kids at becoming self-directed learners.