With all the recent popularity of the Pokemon Go game, it is easy to see that people really enjoy walking around when they are looking for things to find. This nature’s treasure hunt game has that same motivating piece of finding hidden “treasures”, but doesn’t require your child’s face to be glued to a smart phone.
Rather, this nature’s treasure hunt game encourages kids to actually look around and explore nature while learning about natural objects at the same time. Boost your child’s math and science skills by finding and counting specific animals, plants, or insects on their “treasure hunt” as well.
How to Play
Find a local park, trail, outdoor area to find the “treasures”
Grab a stamper and ink pad
Make a list of objects to find on the nature “scavenger hunt” ahead of time- Try these FREE PRINTABLES for ideas
Let your child explore the area while trying to find the items on the list
After your child finds an item, let him use the stamper to place a stamp in the designated area
Keep playing until all the objects are found on the list!
Health Benefits of the Outdoors
- increases exercise and activity levels
- improved mood
- improved sleep
- increased serotonin levels (the “feel good” neurotransmitter)
- increased levels of vitamin D (needed to combat certain cancers and auto-immune disorders)
- improved air quality (indoor air has higher concentrations of pollutants than outdoor air)
- increased connectivity to the environment
So get outside and enjoy being with your “little treasures” while they find their own little treasures 🙂