There's no better way to sense the magic of winter than a special hunt. Even though a “scavenger hunt” can feel really structured, there is power anytime you add the word “hunt” to a walk in the woods. So, the key is to add only a “pinch” of structure so kids can play the game in their own way. Even young explorers who are easily distracted can focus and make new discoveries when doing this simple twist on a hike. And, it really doesn’t have to take too much prep if you use one of our Tinkergarten scavenger hunt sheets. If you feel creative, though, make up your own using words and pictures. Just be ready to get off the trail and keep up with your explorer when he or she is on the hunt!
Nothing piques curiosity and inspires even wee kids to focus like a “hunt!” Kids will need to use several senses to find the variety of items and categories on a well-rounded scavenger hunt. It’s amazing how having a challenge like a scavenger hunt inspires kids to pay closer attention to their surroundings. Searching for particular treasures will naturally build genuine curiosity about nature. Although the categories should remain rather concrete for kids ages 3 to 4, practice with grouping things helps them form the basis upon which they will learn to make connections between ideas, a most critical higher level thinking skill. Finally, the variety of categories in a hunt can really help kids realize the wide range of amazing creatures, plants and elements in the great outdoors.