These nature scavenger hunt printables are unique and so fun to use! Children love the peek through magnifying glass that is conveniently placed right on the printable. No more fumbling around with a magnifying glass, clipboard, scavenger hunt sheet and pencil, this scavenger hunt has everything you need right on the printable! Read on to learn more about the BEST outdoor activity for kids!
These scavenger hunts are so easy to make and so fun to use! The best part about the magnifying glass, is that it extends the amount of time children spend outdoors searching for items! I guarantee this will be the most engaged your child has ever been with a scavenger hunt. The magnifying glass helps children focus their attention on the objects right in front of them and they love getting an extra close look, through the magnifying glass.
You can also use the printable without a real magnifying glass. The cut out by itself is a great focal point for imaginative play and learning! Either way, these are fun and engaging leave no trace activities for kids.
What’s included in this Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable Packet?!
There are 18 scavenger hunt printables included in this packet. The scavenger hunts include: general nature, signs of spring, signs of summer, signs of fall, signs of winter, summer flower, spring flower, garden, leaf, seed, insect, color, gratitude, tally mark, cloud, mushroom, animal tracks, and alphabet. Seventeen of the eighteen scavenger hunt printables come in both black & white and color options and one comes in just black & white, for a total of 35 pages!
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Find the Printable for this Activity on TPT or Etsy!
How to Make the Magnifying Glass?
The magnifying glass is easy to make! Laminate the cardstock and cut out the lens part of the printable.
Last, tape the edges of the credit card sized magnifying glass to the back of the printable! The magnifying glasses are made of plastic and durable.
Below, you can see how well the magnifying glass works! It’s even more fun to use outside in nature.
Here’s a Couple of ways to use your Nature Scavenger Hunt Printables:
This example shows the printable with a real magnifying glass and clothespins are used to check off items found. Start with clothespins at the top and bottom of the printable and move them to the side as you find items.
This example does not have a real magnifying glass and a dry erase marker is used to cross off pictures of items found. The dry erase marks can be easily erased when finished. Try sticking one velcro circle on the scavenger hunt and other velcro circle on the dry erase marker. This is a great way to keep your supplies all in one spot. When the marker is not in use, just stick it right to the velcro on the scavenger hunt
Here’s a Peak at all of the Scavenger Hunts!
Before we look at the scavenger hunts, I want you to think about a few things. I did not add instructions because I want children to use it in a way that works best for them! To keep the scavenger hunts fresh and fun, try the clothespins one day and dry erase markers on another. Use a real magnifying glass for one scavenger hunt and go without it for a different one. Children will like to use these sheets in different ways and that’s ok!
A few of the scavenger hunts, like mushrooms and clouds, have scientific names. These can be difficult to pronounce and I wouldn’t expect a child to be able to read or remember all of them. That’s also ok! This is all about exposure and having fun.
If you aren’t having any luck finding specific items on the list, try searching for the colors of the items. For example, you can look for the colors of leaves on the leaf scavenger hunt instead of the particular leaves! Make this work for you.
Now lets get to the scavenger hunts! These scavenger hunts are perfect for seasonal activities! Check out the spring, summer, fall and winter scavenger hunt printables.
Here are a couple of scavenger hunts that are great for any time of year! For the tally mark scavenger hunt, use a dry erase marker to make tally marks on the laminated printable. This is great for reinforcing early math skills while being outdoors!
The animal track and mushroom printables are fun for adventurous little explorers! Try looking for animal tracks in mud or snow! And remember, don’t touch or eat mushrooms because they could be poinsonous.
These scavenger hunts are fun to try right in your own backyard! Children love spending time in the garden and really enjoy looking for insects and seeds.
I love these three scavenger hunts! The alphabet scavenger hunt can be used in a couple of different ways: Children can either clip a clothespin on the alphabet letter after they find something in nature that starts with that letter or write the word next to the corresponding letter. For example, if a child finds an apple, they would write “apple” next to the “Aa.” I find an ultra fine dry erase marker works best in these small writing spaces.
The gratitude scavenger hunt is fun to try around Thanksgiving or Valentine’s Day. And the color scavenger hunt is fun for children of all ages!
The alphabet and color scavenger hunt printables can be used indoors on a rainy day!
Here’s what you’ll need to make these nature scavenger hunt printables!
- Nature Scavenger Hunt Printables available on TPT or Etsy
- Cardstock or printer paper- I recommend cardstock for a more durable work mat.
- Laminator machine
- Credit Card Sized Magnifying Glass
- Dry Erase Markers or Clothes pins(I like mini clothes pins for this activity, but regular sized will work too!)
- Velcro Dots– These are completely optional! They are great to stick on the scavenger hunt printable and dry erase marker to keep all of your objects together. When the marker is not in use, just stick it right to the velcro on the scavenger hunt.
Now that you have all of your supplies, it’s time to get outside and start exploring!
These are great for every season, even winter! The snow looked beautiful magnified through the lenses. We could have looked at it for hours!
We preferred to go without the magnifying glass for the cloud hunt. The clouds looked really neat framed in the magnifying glass!
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I hope you try these nature scavenger hunt printables! I promise, your little learners will love it as much as my boys and preschoolers.