Miffy’s Outdoor Scavenger Hunt!

Since Earth Day, Miffy has been thinking about all the things that make the world we live in wonderful. She loves to walk around outside and watch the wind rustle through the leaves and squirrels chasing each other through the trees. She thought it would be so fun to appreciate nature by going on an outdoor scavenger hunt with her good friend Poppy, which you can watch in the episode Poppy’s Nature Hunt! You can have your own nature hunt in your backyard or a nearby park using the directions below.

What You’ll Need:

  1. Clipboards
  2. Pens or pencils
  3. Paper
  4. Optional: Binoculars
  5. Optional: Camera

Directions:

  1. Choose your location(s) and time of day. Decide where you would be okay with the participants going and plan accordingly. Time of day and weather are important for an outdoor hunt.
  2. Create a checklist of all the different things you want to see and collect on your scavenger hunt. Think about what items are in the environment around where you live. See examples of different types of hunts below.
    • A to Z hunt: Find various nature items in your area with names that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Write them in order from A to Z on your list. Then have fun crossing them off one by one as you see them!
    • Camera hunt: Take pictures of the items on your list. This is a great idea if you’d like to create a photo journal of your hunt.
    • Sensory hunt: Create a special list for hearing, feeling and smelling. See examples below.
      •  Listen to:
        • Leaves under your feet
        • Wind in the trees
        • Sound of a bee or a fly
        • Birds singing
        • Creatures scampering
      • Feel:
        • Tree trunk
        • Flowering bush
        • Wind blowing on face
        • Texture of various rocks
      • Smell:
        • Flower
        • Tree bark
        • Green grass
        • Fresh air
  3. Distribute the checklists you’ve created to all the participants and get going. Happy hunting!

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