Nature Scavenger Hunt Bingo for Families
Bright colors, lively critters, bird cries, wild, pungent aromas, and budding life. There’s so much to discover and observe as the summer days grow longer and new life emerges. Whether you have your next big adventure planned or your summer will be spent at home, you can spice up family time with a nature bingo scavenger hunt. Teach your child how to appreciate and observe nature with these simple bingo cards the entire family can use.
How to Use Your Nature Scavenger Hunt Bingo Cards
Going to the beach? These scavenger hunt bingo cards are perfect for that. Going for a stroll through the park? You can bring your bingo cards there, too! They can go everywhere with you. Follow the simple instructions below to make your cards, and then stick them in your busy bag for your next adventure.
- Print your bingo card pages on stock paper or another thick material.
- Cut out each scavenger hunt item individually.
- Stick Velcro dots on the back of each item, and then stick the other side of your Velcro dots into each square on your blank bingo card.
- Change out your bingo items as your destinations change.
- When you and your little scavengers hunt for items, peel each item off your board as you find it.
Tip: Glue your bingo board to the outside of a brown bag with handles. This will make it easier to keep track of the board items as you peel them off.
As You Scavenge…
Encourage your child to smell, touch, and observe the unique characteristics of each item you stumble upon. (If very young children are participating, remind them not to taste! And reminders about how to avoid poison ivy, stinging insects, and potentially harmful things unique to your area are appropriate for all participants, young and old!)
Give your child a camera to take pictures of your hunt. When the scavenger hunt is over, you can use your photos and create a collage or scrapbook of each scavenger hunt adventure.
Bring extra tools such as a magnifying glass, binoculars, tweezers, or a compass to create a more hands-on experience for your family.
Keep a lookout for critters and unique plants that are not on your scavenger hunt list. Staying present and appreciating your surroundings will help your child appreciate the outdoors as well.
Ask questions to bring out your child’s inner detective. “How do you think this got here?” or “Why do you think it’s this color?” are just a few examples of questions that can help develop critical-thinking skills and scientific curiosity.
What are your family’s favorite outdoor adventures? We’d love to hear your stories. Let us know in the comments below!