Hunting for different objects is a joyous outdoor activity suitable for young children of all abilities. The aim of a scavenger hunt is to collect natural materials, which are based around the senses. This allows children to better understand nature, the environment and develop their explorative skills.
The scavenger hunt can be run by asking the group to pick up specific items e.g. find 3 different leaves or find a smooth stick. The hunt can also be changed to suit specific topics e.g. Maths; Find a twig that has a right angle on it or find a squared stone or even find 10 leaves.
As this scavenger hunt is in the sensory activities, below is a list of sensory items to find:
- Smooth Stone
- Wet Leaves x 3
- Wiggly Sticks x 2
- Something Crunchy
- Something Gooey
- Something Rough
- Something Round
- A Tickling Item
To make sure that the group know the boundaries of where they can go. Make the group aware that if the leader whistles or says a word or phrase like ‘Back to BASE!’ they know to come back.