I've said before that sometimes the daily activities I have planned for the girls (when we actually have something planned) go over like carrots without ranch dressing. And other times you would've thought I'd handed them chocolate cake.
Today was a chocolate cake kind of day. They ate this one up, and then came home and asked for seconds.
Nothing groundbreaking here. I gave them each a clipboard, crayons and a chart I made this morning. I'd drawn pictures of items I was pretty sure we'd find at the park, and then told them to look for the items and either color them in, check them off or circle them when they spotted them.
The girls--Bo, especially--completely bypassed the playground when we arrived and started working on their scavenger hunts. In fact, Bo started checking off things as we pulled up in the car. We didn't treat it as a contest, but you could.
It took us about 30 minutes to find everything. OK, it took me about 5. It took them 30.
The butterfly and the squirrel proved most challenging--should've just stayed in our own backyard if we wanted squirrels. But what a thrill for them once everything on the chart was checked off (they had no patience for coloring in the pictures in the heat of the hunt, but I printed off extra copies when we got home and they painted them).
At the risk of revealing my pitiful skills as an illustrator (the girls swore the ball was really a pumpkin, and I'm not sure about the breed of the dog--what sort of dog has a teeny tiny head and a big barrel chest?), here is our park scavenger hunt worksheet, in case you'd like to try this at home:
Here's Magpie looking for a squirrel in the trees, yelling, "Squirrel! Squirrel! Come out!"
Let me know if you have any trouble with it. Otherwise, happy hunting.