Here is a fun and easy scavenger hunt to try with your kids! This activity will help children learn nature identification right in their own backyard. Practice leaf identification in the fall and flower identification in the spring and summer! The cardboard piece is reusable for endless scavenger hunts.
We have a ton of new spring flowers popping up in our yard right now, so I thought it would be fun to help my boys identify the plants growing around them right in their own backyard. I created a reusable “sticky” scavenger hunt board that we can use throughout the year. I already can’t wait to try this in the fall! This board will look so beautiful decorated with colorful leaves.
Please try a plant identifier app to make sure you aren’t using poisonous flowers for the activity! The spotted dead nettle does not sting and is actually considered a culinary herb. Also, I suggest only picking flowers in your own yard.
Ready to give it a try!? Here’s what you’ll need..
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Here’s How I Made the Boards:
Create your board- Give it a title and divide the board into two parts. Make sure you include a “find it” side and “stick it” side.
Put the sticky contact paper on your board, sticky side up. I sized the contact paper so it fit right under the “find it” and “stick it” labels and just big enough to cover the front side only. I used packing tape to secure the contact paper to the edges of the cardboard.
Create labels- This is an optional step. I cut out little pieces of contact paper for labels. I put them on the board, non-sticky side up so I could write on them. This way, I can peel the labels off when we’re finished and we can identify different pieces of nature next time. You can always just write the names on the cardboard if you want this to be a one and done type of activity.
Remember to ONLY include plants that you know are not toxic! I went around my yard with a plant identifier app called “Picture This” to make sure I only included safe plants on this board. Believe it of not, I found a type of daffodil and marigold that are toxic!
I stepped outside quickly before I introduced the activity to my boys to add a flower example next to the labels. Then I handed the board to my boys and challenged them to find these flowers in our yard! They loooove scavenger hunts, so they were pretty excited!
The dandelion was pretty obvious since we have thousands of them on our unsprayed lawn, but I had to include it because it’s a favorite for our family!
They quickly moved on to the bluebells. I tried to included the leaves on the board for all of the flowers to help them with the identification process.
The boys loved sticking the flowers on the board!
About 20 minutes later, the boys found all of the flowers! They had so many questions about the flowers during the scavenger hunt, so we went around the yard with our plant identifier app to learn more about the flowers on our board and different plants!
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I hope you give this simple nature activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.