Nature hunts are an awesome way to help kids enjoy time outside. Sometimes we like to add a fun twist to ours to keep the play fresh and exciting. Check out this simple seek and find nature box we made using one of our Peel 'n Stick Baseplates, a container and our StoryBricks.
For this particular nature hunt we used one of our DIY LEGO Compatible containers which we previously made using one grey Peel 'n Stick Baseplate and a container (similar to this one). It was as simple as cutting the baseplate to size and then sticking it on top of the container. You can head to the DIY Projects section of our blog for some examples of how to do this.
We asked our kids to tell us a few things they wanted to try and find on their nature hunt. They chose five items and we worked together to spell them and add them to the container lid using StoryBricks. This was great for their fine motor skills and literacy development.
Once we had our nature hunt box ready, we headed out to our back yard with a magnifying glass in search of our items. The kids got so excited to find items on their list.
We love how a simple prompt like this leads to so much more discussion and play. The kids excitedly compared leaves and flowers, all the time using their senses and vocabulary to analyze and communicate their finds.
They decided to challenge themselves to find more than one of some items and worked together to count their total findings, another sneaky learning link. Learning with nature is the best!
What's your favorite way to enjoy a nature hunt? We'd love to try some new ideas as the weather warms up.
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