I absolutely LOVE going on walks, I have learnt that being in nature feeds my soul and keeps me connected and present to life outside of myself. However, my kids do not share the same passion and I have to practically beg (sometimes bribe) my kids to go on walks with me. Within minutes they are asking to be carried (which becomes harder to do with each passing year), or they are complaining that they are hot and bothered, or tired, or bored, or their feet ache… well, you get the picture.
So I had an idea, what if I was going about this the wrong way? The begging and bribes were making them feel like it was a chore. What if I could nurture and encourage their curious minds to see past a hot and bothersome walk, and awaken them to view their surroundings as a magical forrest full of life and adventure? Maybe in the process it could awaken me too!
This easy-to-do scavenger hunt, complete with binoculars and a monocular, will keep you and your kids engaged, and curious. Enjoy the adventure!
Use your computer to make a check list of items that you might anticipate your children seeing on their walk. Print this out. Alternatively, you can draw pictures or write the items by making a list. My kids need visuals, so I opted to use pictures and words.
Using your empty cereal box, cut out large cardboard rectangles. Glue your list to your cardboard and secure the edges with tape.
Use your hole punch to make 2 holes at the bottom of your check-lists. Weave ribbon or string through the holes and leave enough length for the string to hang loosely around your child’s neck.
STEP 4: (optional)
Make a hole at the top of your scavenger hunt, tie a piece of string around a pencil and secure it to the cardboard.
3 x cardboard tubes leftover from your toilet rolls
1 x cardboard tube leftover from your paper towels
2 x blank paper
Crayons, pencils, paints, stickers (anything you can find to decorate them)
$0-5. I was able to find all the items at home.
Approximately 15 minutes
Have your kids decorate the blank paper. They can use paints, crayons, stickers, pencils, anything to make it colorful.
Cut one of the pieces of paper in half (lengthwise). Use these smaller pieces for 2 of the toilet rolls. Use the large piece of paper for the monocular. Tape your paper lengthwise to the cardboard tube, roll it up and secure the end with another piece of tape.
Insert the extra toilet roll onto the end of the monocular roll and secure it with duct tap. With your 2 decorated toilet rolls, put them side by sided and secure them with a long strip of duct tap across the middle.
Use the hole punch and make two holes on each side of your monocular and binoculars. Tie string through the holes and ensure the length of the string will allow the crafts to hang loosely from your child’s neck.