Remember last year’s alphabet scavenger hunt, and color scavenger hunt? This year I wanted to do a few more hunts that the kids would enjoy doing around the neighborhood or even at a park. When the flowers started blooming on the bushes at our new house it was fun to see what colors would appear, and that’s how I got the idea to do a flower color scavenger hunt.
We have had so much fun running up and down the sidewalk for blocks on end looking for the final colors needed. We also headed to the park and made it more of a competition where each child had their own clipboard and in 10 minutes they had to see how many different colors they could find. Really the different ways to entertain the kids with this is endless.
This is a great way for both younger and older kids to interact and play with one another as well. We gave the older child the clipboard to be in charge of marking off the boxes and the younger ones always love spotting the colors. When we split into groups, we always make sure to group into even age groups as well, so there’s a great mixture of older and younger kids together in the teams.
Adding in extra things like binoculars, compasses, magnifying glasses and other “explorer” toys is another fun addition to the adventure. My son loved directing the locations we look next based off his compass, and inspecting the flowers up close with the magnifying glass can reveal even more colors that you didn’t notice right away!!
This is also a great time to talk to the kids about how flowers and plants grow, what things need to happen to create the perfect growing location and also all the good things that plants do for humans. We always try to find unexpected teaching and learning situations!
Download the Flower Scavenger Hunt printable here and get your kids excited to be outside this Summer!
Make sure to check out these other fun Summer ideas over on OTI for more Summer fun!