|Hunting high and low!
The boys definitely enjoy all kinds of hunt (although strangely, finding a missing shoe when we're late for school is the one time it doesn't seem to appeal.)
A scavenger hunt is a great way to keep the kids active in the great outdoors. Basically you challenge them to find particular things, either on their own or in teams, and see if they can collect the lot. There are loads of different ideas for scavenger hunts on the internet. Some we've tried have been finding things which:
- are a particular colour- can you find 6 yellow things, or can you find one thing for each colour of the rainbow?
- begin with a particular letter- who can find the most things which begin with the letter b?
- are a particular shape- can you find 4 round things?
- the same but different- can you find 5 different leaf shapes or different feathers?
|Can you find a creature with lots of legs?
|Can you find something which rustles?
|What can you find at the bottom of a rock pool?
When I was young our family used to go on holiday to the Scilly Isles. The island we stayed on was only a couple of miles long and much less wide, and had no traffic other than the occasional tractor. One of the highlights of our stay was when dad set up an island-wide treasure hunt, with a series of written clues to follow, and all the kids would set off on a mission to find the treasure. I remember one year it was a 50p for each of us in the zip pocket on Grampa's hat! My boys are a bit little for this kind of hunt just yet, but I hope I can find a safe place for them to enjoy the same kind of challenge when they're older- it gave us such happy memories.
Of course, if the weather continues to be this cold (please, please let it be for not too much longer!) our main source of hunting fun will have to be indoors hide-and-seek or sardines, tho how many more times I can pretend to be surprised to find Danny under our bed I'm not sure!