The warm weather is in full effect in New England and June is the perfect month to get outdoors and enjoy some active and healthy fun in the sun. The humidity hasn’t yet set in and the kids are still in school so you are still limited in terms of travel. Day trips to the beach and family hikes are a favorite pastime for late afternoons and on the weekends in our household.
In recognition of National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day), Saturday, June 13, 2015, plan a family excursion to the beach or an adventurous hike through the great outdoors. A fun activity to do with your little ones is our Amazing Matriarch scavenger hunt.
Your kids will collect an assortment of natural treasures; they will learn about other habitats and the environment (hello, hands on science), and they’ll work on developing their math skills as they count their treasures. Best of all they’ll remember what they learned, making this hunt better than any standardized test the powers that be deem a priority.
Here’s what you need:
- Amazing Matriarch’s Scavenger Hunt List
- A small bag or pail to collect and store your found items
Print up Amazing Matriarch’s scavenger hunt list (click on the beach edition or forest edition images below to download), cut the page in two and create little booklets so each child has a guide of their own. For reference, I take a single hole punch and put a hole in the top left corner of the booklet and secure with a ribbon that can then be tied to a bag with handles, or held on their wrists for easy access. A stapler, tape or glue will work for securing the pages together in your booklet as well.
For a few glorious minutes, you’ll get to relax a bit and enjoy nature at its finest while your kids’ attention is focused on the thrill of the hunt.
– Just one adventurer adding a little learning to Family Fun on your next outdoor excursion, Thia
Try this activity with your family on National GO day and share your experience with us via Facebook: Amazing Matriarch, Instagram: amazingamtriarch or Twitter: @AMatriarch; Tag us using #amazingmatriarch.