Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Color Coded Nature Walks

Color Coded Nature WalksThis colorful scavenger hunt can also be modified to fit your child's age. Instead of using colors as the guide for things to find you could use letters of the alphabet for each of the little cups and children could look for things beginning with each specified letter. Or you could make it even harder and have them look for things native to your area--like pinecones, dogwood, fireweed, etc. for things found around Anchorage.

After it's over close up the painted container to save your treasures or empty it to use another time.

Sponsored by: Emerson Creek Pottery--Handcrafted American Pottery since 1977

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27 comments:

Fiesty Charlie said...

Nice idea!

Will have to do this the next time I have a bunch of ankle biters over, who are bored.

Thanks!

Kim N said...

I LOVE this idea! I am going to go rescue the egg carton that I threw away tonight. My kids will totally love this.

April said...

That is a great idea! Definitely filing this one for next summer!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Cute idea! The egg carton would be a handy thing to keep all the "treasures" in that are always found while we're out and about.

jubilee said...

Love this idea, now if the weather would just cooperate!

Yvie said...

This is cool! What a great way to start a day! ;D I love nature walks! I'll try this out when my child grows bigger.

Kristen M. said...

I like this idea.

Sarah (GM) said...

What a totally great idea. I love it. I will definitely have to use this one this week on my parent's farm.

Do you think my mommy's bunny rabbit will fit in an egg cup because I know they will make it try? haha!

perilloparodies said...

great idea... hmmm. maybe need to get that set up before my kids wake up from naps. gotta go!!

Stacey@Look, Mom, Look! said...

Great Idea! I like it because all of my kids can have a carton and I can simply modify the inside part for colors or alphabet. They love to go out and find little treasures then put them into some kind of special "treasure box".

Stephanie said...

I see hours of quiet in my future as my children are searching high and low in the woods for something they can put in the carton that starts with Z! :)

LOVE IT!

mannequin said...

Another great idea there! Just one small thing that will make the day memorable.
I can't wait to surprise him. Thanks!

The Apron Queen said...

Now, why didn't I think of that!? Thanks for the tip. Come see my cell phone alternative:

http://anapronaday.blogspot.com/2008/06/mr-ed-talking-horse.html

PS- I had "heard" of you, but never bothered to stop by. Glad I did. Nice place you got here! Your always welcome at mine. I'll fix ya some sweet tea when you do. :D

RainyPM said...

Hiya, I'm just wondering what kind of paint you used in the egg carton. I am trying to envision how I'd do it and it seems like there'd be a lot of paint flaking.

I love the idea though, thanks for the tip!

beth - total mom haircut said...

I LOVE this idea. And I know Sam would love it too. So often I have wanted to guide us when we're outside somehow in an attempt to keep him interested in his surroundings, and this is exactly the type of thing he would love. Perfect. But before I go and paint and egg carton...

Wanted to let you know I am doing a giveaway right now. Since I have entered so many of yours (and you are such a wonderful hostess) I thought I should let you know. Maybe you'd like to be a contestant for once:)

Shannon said...

Creative- I like this idea for my 5 year old!

Nancy-Lessons Learned on the Farm said...

What a fun idea. I just posted about it and linked to you on my blog. :o)

Scribbit said...

I just painted the cups with acrylic paint and tempera paint (depending on which I had around). Or more correctly, LILLIAN painted the cups. She insisted on doing it herself which was alright with me. I set it out in the sun to dry and it was ready to go in minutes. No flaking involved :)

Sharlene said...

What a completely fantastic idea. I am storing that one in my little brain for when my kids are old enough to learn colors.

Motherhood for Dummies said...

oh wow! That is such a good idea!

Doll Clothes Gal said...

Great idea - and very easy to put into practice.

Camille said...

I love this idea and I'm going to steal it from 'ya! Thanks!

Genny said...

You seriously amaze me with your creative ideas! And here I am feeling good that I did shrinky dinks with my kids yesterday. LOL! The egg carton idea is so much better!

Daisy said...

Looking for shapes is a good option, too. Nature creates an amazing number of shapes! Start with square, triangle, circle, and oval, and then go to the more complex like hexagons. For older kids, try various sizes of angles.

Lei said...

oh i love it... easy yet creative!

Childlife said...

Oh, this is a brilliant and lovely idea! Thanks, Michelle! :)

jiesa said...

Plus you could make designing the cartons part of the activity :) They could be decorated with all sorts of stuff. You could even use a scavenger hunt to LABEL them, like go find all sorts of colors of paper by cutting out magazines or using crayons, or giant letters from the newspaper and fill up the cups. You could make a brown button glued to the bottom of a carton hole be one of the colors! It would be awesome!