One of my favorite memories from childhood is going out on walks with my mom, collecting leaves, sticks, and other bits of nature along the way and then assembling it all into a “nature collage” when we got home. As a pediatric therapists, we like to put a different spin on activities for kids like this one, creating new ways to target skills that are important for child development. Today, we’ll take the traditional nature scavenger hunt to a whole new level! This Outdoor Sensory Motor Scavenger Hunt will get kids moving, touching, noticing, and interacting with the outdoors in a totally different way! It’s a great way to show kids how to explore many of their sensory systems at once!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Outdoor Sensory Motor Scavenger Hunt Printable, pencils or crayons
WHAT TO DO:
Print the scavenger hunt list, round up your little ones, and head outside! Give everyone a pencil or crayon to bring along so they can mark off the things they have found. The kids will notice right away that this isn’t just any old scavenger hunt. Rather than just finding and collecting items on a list, they’ll have to find the listed objects and perform a variety of gross motor tasks. They’ll use all of their senses, looking, touching, and get messy along the way. Who will be the first one to find everything on the list?
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Make it a photo scavenger hunt! Take a picture of your child performing each activity and pictures of each of the items they found to complete the list.
-Make it a team effort – have two groups competing against each other to find everything on the list!
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Gross motor skills, coordination, balance, motor control, sensory integration, proprioception,visual motor integration,visual perceptual skills
Did you like this scavenger hunt? Check out our Printable Sensory Motor Scavenger Hunt Pack over at Teachers Pay Teachers! This great little activity pack has scavenger hunts for looking, listening, feeling, and moving!
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