5 Hunts You Can Go On Today

We have spent time this week going on lots of different hunts in our neighborhood. It's always calming to get outside and a walk before a nap helps tire everyone out. Try out some of these this week:
Scavenger Hunt
Make this one as hard or as easy as you'd like. We used our own but this one works really well too.  I added things that were specific to our street, like a yellow hose, an eagle statue, and a mermaid. If you add more items you can do different ones every day to spread this activity out.

Alphabet Hunt
Either have your kids write out their ABCs or you write them. Walk down your street looking for things that either start with each letter or have them look at the signs, license plates, flags, and yard signs for the letters themselves.  Check them off as you go.

Animal Hunt
Think about the different animals you'd likely see in your neighborhood. Squirrels, different types of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, spiders, mosquitoes (ugh!), lightning bugs, worms. Grab the magnifying glasses and inspect the trees and dirt for what you can find.
Scientist Hunt
Save that magnifying glass and use it in this hunt too. Tell kids that they are going to hunt for all of the living and nonliving things in a small space. Use a hula hoop or  something else to define a small space. Have kids draw all of the living and nonliving things they see. You can have them imagine what life is like as the ant they see or as the worm poking his head out of the ground.

Shape Hunt:
Time to get a little math involved by searching for shapes. Beyond the typical square, rectangle, circle, and square, challenge them to look for an oval, a trapezoid, a parallelogram, and an octagon. Bring paper and draw them as you go. This is a great time to count the number of sides or to talk about the rules of each shape. Most kids (or adults!) don't know that a square is just a special kind of rectangle or that there is no such shape as a diamond! Google it if you don't believe me! You can even challenge them to look for both 2-d and 3-d shapes. Talk about the difference. If they are really advanced look for the edges, vertices, and sides. Talk about how your rollings 3d shapes don't have faces since they don't have edges. You could do this in your pantry too!