Get outdoors and have some scavenger hunt fun: it's ideal for all kinds of situations and places! It takes just a little bit of preparation and the children all love scavenger hunts whether in a small garden or a huge park. Here are some ideas to get the children inspired outdoors no matter what their age!
Colour Hunt: Gather some things from round the house: toys, blocks, balls etc that are 4 different colours: red, green, blue and yellow. Show the items to your child and sort them into piles by colour. Keep one of each item and without your child looking, hide all the rest around our garden or around the park. Send your child off to search for all the red items, then all the yellow etc.
Buried Treasure: collect some pebbles or pieces of dry pasta and cover them with silver foil to make them into shiny treasure. Count them, and then hide each of the pieces in the garden. Send your child off to find them and count them all back in at the end! Perhaps if they find them all they win a piece of real treasure: a foil wrapped biscuit or a foil pouch of summer fruits to eat!
Shape Hunt: Make 16 cards and draw 4 coloured squares, circles, rectangles and ovals onto them. Give one of each to your child and hide the rest. Ask them to hunt for the others, matching them and naming them as they find them.
Letter Hunt: Write some letters on a page and ask your child to go off into the house or garden and find things beginning with that letter. For A find an apple, for B find a ball, for C find a toy car etc.
There are times when you want a game that will occupy the children for a few minutes, and 'I spy...' has to be one of the best loved! The game probably originated in the USA in the early 20th century, and its original form is:-
I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with... [and the player names a letter]
Everyone else then has to guess what the object is. You can play variants of this game with younger children who don't yet know their alphabet. Here are our favorite variations:-
I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with... [followed by the sound of the start of the word, but not necessarily a letter, eg. 'Cl' for 'Clock']
I spy, with my little eye, something that is... [followed by a color, eg. green, for a green tree]
I hear, with my little ear, something that goes... [and mimic a noise, eg. 'tick tock' for a clock]
This is a great little learning game that helps to learn colours, sounds or letters, and the kids love it! It's great to keep kids entertained in confined spaces, such as on a journey, or in a restaurant, and it's fun to play with the whole family. Do you play any other variants of 'I spy...' that you can share with everyone?
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