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Explore Your World with This Perfect Nature Scavenger Hunt for the Whole Family

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With the warmth of spring, it’s time to move activities outdoors. The kids and I spend hours on our deck when it’s warm (playing in the DIY portable sandbox, for example), so I’m always excited to mix learning with outdoor play. This week we’ve been using a Nature Scavenger Hunt to explore the natural surroundings of our home.

Stuck inside? Look out your window and see what you can find!

Explore your backyard if you can’t get to a local park.

Take a walk early in the morning when there are fewer people out and about that you might come into contact with.

Explore Your World

Grab a few pencils, print out copies of the Nature Scavenger Hunt, and head outside.

The Nature Scavenger Hunt includes both words and images. Even if your child isn’t reading yet, they can still feel independent as they work on the scavenger hunt. They’ll be able to easily identify the pictures instead of reading the words.

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If your child is learning to read, use the word and picture combinations to help teach reading skills. Many of the words are simple, and the picture clues will help the child identify the words.

How to Use Your Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable

Each time an object is found in nature, have the child mark an X over its spot on the grid.

They’ll get to see their progress as they mark items off the page.

If you’ve got older children, let them compete to see who finds all the items the quickest. Take a copy of the Nature Scavenger Hunt on a hiking trip to keep the kids engaged on the journey.

You can even keep a few copies in the car for road trips and spontaneous trips to the park!

When my son was in preschool, the teacher would take the class on daily nature walks. The kids would head out after lunch, collecting items that they found in nature. Sometimes my son would choose a few blades of grass. Other times, he would pick small flowers or grab a handful of mulch.

There isn’t any reason this Nature Scavenger Hunt couldn’t include collecting items too. Of course, don’t bring the butterfly home, but let the kids collect items like rocks, sticks, and flowers while on the hunt.

This activity is great for learning about nature, but it’s also a good tool for creating family time. Whether it’s a special activity, or simply during an evening walk, the Nature Scavenger Hunt allows you to work together as a family.

Observe nature. Talk about the objects. Challenge each other to search your surroundings.

During our scavenger hunts, we talk about how God created the items shown on the list and how they work together as part of the ecosystem. It’s an opportunity to teach them about God’s creation and how it impacts our lives.

Do you want to take your children on a Nature Scavenger Hunt?

How will your family enjoy the great outdoors this spring and summer?

My name is Lora Green and I blog at Craftivity Designs, where I document how we are creating our home. I believe that a home is about much more than design and decor – it should tell the story of a family. Our home must fit the needs of two small kids, a work-at-home mom, and a youth pastor dad. I want it to be a beautiful space, but it should be functional and meaningful, too. If you are trying to meld function and beauty, join me over at Craftivity Designs to share in this journey of creating a home.



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Wednesday 9th of February 2022

Oh no, it appears that the download link doesn't work again. Dropbox says there's an error.


Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

Oh, dear! Trying to troubleshoot this now! Thank you.

Amy Koleske

Monday 17th of June 2019

I didn’t receive it either. But I’m sure you managed to add me to your mailing list.


Monday 17th of June 2019

You didn't receive the download because you haven't confirmed your subscription and therefore not my on email list. Have a great Monday!


Thursday 25th of April 2019

I am trying to download the Nature Scavenger Hunt to use at my grandson’s 9th birthday party but I am having no success. Please advise.....?


Friday 26th of April 2019

Hi, Beverly! I've tried to replicate the process of getting the printable and I'm not having issues. If you could send a video or screenshots so I can see what you are doing, I think that's the only way I can see where the problem is. Did you get the confirmation email? Did you click download and it not download? I've tried on my phone and laptop and don't have problems downloading the printable. Thanks!

Rachel E

Wednesday 13th of June 2018

Hi! I signed up 2x and have not received the download yet, is it still available? Thank you!


Saturday 16th of June 2018

Hi, Rachel! It is available. Could the email with the download be in your spam folder? Email me at whitney@simplifyingfamily.com and let's figure this out. Thanks!

Christy Cervantes

Monday 19th of February 2018

I am trying to print the Scavenger hunt file but it is saying it is unavailable. Is it possible to still access that file? Thanks!


Wednesday 21st of February 2018

I apologize for that, Christy! There was a technical error. It should work now. If you're still having issues, let me know! Thank you!