During our first days together, we do many things that allow us to work together, get to know each other, learn and practice routines and procedures, and also just have fun. One thing we did that was a big hit was a nature scavenger hunt! We are lucky to have an amazing naturescape in our backyard (which was recently made over to allow us even more natural places to play and learn!), and so it was the perfect place to go!
Kiddos were put in small groups of 4, and then we gave them a job to do and a bag in which to collect their finds.
We were blessed to have 4 adults with us during this time, and so we had lots of eyes on each group as we explored. It was pretty much up to each team where they went and they could fulfill the categories of the hunt in whatever way they chose. It was fun to see how many different leaves they found, how many “circles” there were in the woods and also what teams considered “treasures!”
Perhaps the best part of the hunt, though, was when we found something we weren’t even looking for:
Can you see it? There’s a friend in there….
Here, look again. With some help from some first grade fingers:
Yes! We found a turtle! He was walking right there across the path, and thanks to the eagle eyes of Jeremiah we got to see him! It was really hard not to touch and prod and want to pick him up (we didn’t–we left him in his home there), but we did the right thing and just watched as he walked and enjoyed the surprise visit! 🙂
What a fantastic morning outside!