We’ve always been an outdoors bunch — we spend at least 30-60 minutes outside per day….even in the winter! On the coldest winter days we bundle up and take a walk or we’ll ride scooters around in the driveway. It’s a great way to burn off energy, change the scenery, and just get some fresh air.
In the spring, summer, and fall you can almost always find us outside — and now that we’ve been in quarantine for 10+ weeks we have been practically living outside. The walls seem to close in when we spend too much time inside, so rain or shine we have been getting outside for adventures in the yard as well as the neighborhood.
One of our favorite activities has become Outdoor Scavenger Hunts! It’s a great way to get the kiddos to observe the world around us, but also give a bit of purpose to our walks. Sure we like to wander some days, but it’s really fun to seek out various items! I love the way the twins get so excited when they find something on our scavenger hunt list.
There are tons of versions out there – a quick search on Pinterest will generate thousands of options – but I like to make ours a little bit more ‘custom’ to our neighborhood and to the season we are in!
I draw our scavenger hunts out with Crayola markers with simple drawings so that the twins can easily identify what the item is they’re looking for!
Some of my go-to hunt items are:
- Something Pink/Purple/Blue/Yellow (colors are a really easy way to fill out your hunt!)
- Round Rock
- 3 Small Pebbles
- Brown Stick
- Green Leaf
- Brown Leaf
You can add as many things as you like – the longer the hunt, the more the fun!