Don't you love that almost imperceptible shift? The change of smells in the air, the change in temperature, and the transformation of dull and gray to green and colorful? The longer days and budding blooms signal spring and the impending summer season that is almost upon us.
With the turning of seasons, comes a willingness to spend more time in the great outdoors! Whether you're traveling or staying in your hometown, we have a fun family adventure you can take right in your own backyard (or neighborhood park). Better yet, invite some friends and make it a playdate! You can use our FREE Scavenger Hunt printable to create a fun adventure for your littles and friends.
There is nothing more refreshing than to take some time out of our busy schedules to "stop and smell the roses" or look for bugs or clouds or.... you get the idea. Children need to be outdoors and actively playing. Nature occupies children in ways modern technology can't. Did you know that nature provides a rich sensory environment that aids in child development, imagination, and a sense of freedom?
"Whatever shape nature takes, it offers each child an older, larger world separate from parents. Unlike television, nature does not steal time; it amplifies it." - Richard Louv, The Last Child in the Woods
An even bigger bonus? Various studies have shown outside play is crucial for emerging readers and writers! So gather your best buds, print out our printable, and have some outside fun!
We are excited to offer you two fun free printables! We have a Scavenger Hunt checklist with blanks for you to add in your own finds. As well as a Coloring Sheet you can use to also identify objects in nature (even if you don't find them out in the wild).
The fun thing about nature hunts is that there are no two alike! You can go again and again and find new things to discover each time. Tag us in your own adventures so we can see your fun experiences!