Scavenger Hunts for Kids- Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and La Chua Trail

I have to admit that my idea of creating nature scavenger hunts is absolutely not an original one.  I came upon the idea while at Fairchild Tropical Gardens last summer – I had my 3 year old with me and I wanted very badly to take pictures of the beautiful flora.  The help desk cheerfully gave me a simple piece of paper and pencil for my son, and it opened up a new world for him.  He searched high and low for every item on the list and it make him use most of his senses.

I was inspired to create these scavenger hunts for other kids because of a few articles I recently read about how kids with ADHD can be helped by just spending 20 minutes per day out in nature.  http://add.about.com/od/researchstudies/a/adhd-nature.htm.  For additional articles, simply google “nature and adhd.”  Another interesting article about the benefits of all children being out in nature:  http://kelleyward.hubpages.com/hub/The-Healing-Effects-Of-Nature

I have created a few off-the-cuff scavenger hunts for P over the past year and a half (mostly on scrap paper, and always because he is with me while I am trying to accomplish something).  I finally thought that if I created a few templates that others might be able to use them as well.  If I can figure out how to post them so that they are downloadable, I will do so.  If I cannot, please feel free to e-mail me at spfineprints@hotmail.com and I will reply back with the printable scavenger hunts.

Kanapaha Gardens Scavenger Hunt

 

La Chua Trail Scavenger Hunt

University of Florida Campus Scavenger Hunt

 

 

 

 

 

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