We had a few days of really hot weather here, and we’d be cooped up in our house, all fans running, until the sun’s rays began to relieve themselves a bit. We like to be out as much as we possibly can, especially with two little boys. I try to put some sort of learning activity in all we do, especially with Luca who is such a sponge. So I quickly put together a little nature scavenger hunt, and totally underestimated what a hit it would be. Luca had tears streaming down his face as we walked back to our house saying “But we didn’t find the berries, mama!” “I know, I know, next time,” I reassured him. I love that we can reuse this little map over and over again and experience different finds each time. (P.S. if you can’t find some of the items on the list where you live, I suggest grabbing a few items from in your home or where you can, and then scattering them about as you go. Even if they aren’t in their “natural habitat,” it just makes it more exciting for littler ones to be able to check everything off the list.)
We colored the sheet before we left (ahem, I colored the sheet because L was too anxious to get his shoes + backpack on– he just wanted to get on with the hunt, go figure. #boymama) but I intentionally left the printable in black and white so you and your little ones could make a coloring activity out of it too!
We did most of our scavenging in our complex’s yard because I knew there wouldn’t be any poisonous plants that would be dangerous to touch within our private grounds, but if you are deep into nature just be sure the leaves you are picking aren’t poison ivy or anything! I found this app to be helpful for foraging, which offers to identify what plant or flower you’ve found by simply snapping a photo of the flora on a white background. Also we made sure to wash Lu’s hands the second we got home and before he touched anything. Currently loving this foaming hand soap for small hands!
^^^We found a mushroom + the smallest pine cone I’ve ever seen along our way too!^^^
The patch of clover was such a trip for Lu as well! He thought it was so amazing that each leaf on each clover was shaped like a heart. Nature really does put on a good show for us, sometimes in the most unexpected of ways.
Dandelions were by far, the most “fun” find, as they seemed to be everywhere, which left Luca to blow tirelessly at each one he’d come upon until they were stripped bare.
Once we walked further towards the coast, we found all sorts of exotic flowers and leaves of all different shapes and colors. When we go on walks, I always wear my favorite New Balance athletic shoes. They are light weight like Nike Free Runs (but half the price, woop!), and so, so comfortable. I can walk and run for hours in these without the slightest discomfort.
I love that these walks require me to get active too without really even thinking about it. Harlow loves just cruising in our lightweight stroller and when Lu baby gets tired, well, it’s a piggy back ride for him and a good sweat for me. What type of outdoor activities do your kiddos love the most (aside from the traditional park going)? We are always looking for new ways to explore our town and be outside. I hope one day L + H look back and remember how much fun we had together. I know I will. Heck, I already do.
I’ve created this free printable for all of you to enjoy with your little ones too! I hope you love it as much as we did!