Have you and your family gone on a trip this summer?
Even with fun and out-of-the-ordinary activities to experience on a trip, sometimes kids just need something to do. While we enjoy just breathing in open quiet on a hike, after a while, the kids might need a little encouragement and focus.
Sometimes we need something simple, but educational, and focused on the activity or scene at hand.
A scavenger hunt!
Mountain and Beach Family Trip Scavenger Hunts
I created two photo scavenger hunts you and your family can use the next time you take a walk outside (if you live at one of these locations) or on your next vacation: a Mountain Nature Hunt and a Beach Scavenger Hunt.
These nature and scavenger hunts are especially useful for preschoolers and early elementary ages. The activity can be adapted for smaller or larger groups and for kids with special needs. This simple activity can introduce kids to new plans and wildlife in an area and draw attention to why certain objects are in certain places. (Example: Why do you need an umbrella at the beach?)
What’s in this document
In each document, you’ll find an instruction page with a few ideas and variations on how to use this printable and a list of picture books about the mountains or the beach. Two pages of scavenger hunt cards follow, each with 6 objects to hunt for while at the mountains or beach for a total of 12 objects. You can print this document on just one page, front and back to save paper and only carry one sheet of paper on your visit. You can also view this PDF on most tablet devices.
The photos are split into individual “cards.” You can print these as just one sheet or cut each card out, if wanted, and even use them as flashcards. (Check out the instruction sheet in the document for more variations.)
*Printing note: If any of the images are cut off when you print, you can select “Scale to fit paper size” or “Scale to fit image” in printing options.
How to Download These Printables
I’ve just started a new quarterly newsletter (yep, just quarterly!) full of resources, encouragement, and free printables for family, homeschool (or after school!), and faith. This newsletter will go out just about 4 times a year. I don’t want to crowd your email inbox so I’ll keep it quarterly, and I do want to share these helpful resources with you. I love to gather ideas from around the web and share them with others.
When you subscribe for the newsletter, you’ll also receive special subscriber-only freebies. These printables are a special “thank you” for your time and ones I’ve taken quite a lot of time to create.
What will be in the newsletter:
- links to awesome posts and resources from around the web (on family, homeschool, and faith – so a little something for every family! If you don’t need/want the homeschooling articles, just check out the faith section, etc. I usually try to find free or low-cost resources that help you and me.),
- highlights of some of my posts,
- links to useful family, homeschool, and faith giveaway that I’ve found online,
- a verse and/or article of encouragement from my heart and journey to yours,
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When you sign up for this quarterly newsletter, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to click. You must click that link to actually begin receiving these newsletters. After you confirm, you should then receive one more “final welcome email” with links to download all the free printables I’m currently offering (with more coming!). (If you ever miss downloading a printable, don’t worry! Links for each printable will also be offered at the end of each newsletter, too.) If you’ve already subscribed to the newsletter, you’ll see links for these new scavenger hunt printables at the end of this quarter’s newsletter which is going out this week!
These scavenger hunt printables are currently available for newsletters subscribers, along with these homeschool and craft organizing labels. (More printables will be available for subscribers in the coming months!)
Have you and your family gone on vacation yet this summer? What kinds of activities help your kids see what’s around them? Share your ideas in the comments.
This post is also linked up with The Homeschool Village’s Ultimate Homeschool Link-Up, Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten Corner, Tuesday Tots, Hearts for Home linkup, Tender Moments with Toddlers and Preschoolers, and the Weekly Kids Co-op.