Activity Plan 5-6: Science Scavenger Hunt
You'll be amazed at the skills children will "hunt down" with this scavenger hunt activity.
- Grades: PreK–K
- collection of science books
- magazines and catalogs for cutting
- child safety scissors
- glue sticks
- plastic bags
- pencils, markers, and crayons
Objective: Children will develop creative-thinking, writing, language, science, and social skills as they plan a science scavenger hunt.
- Invite children to work together to plan a science scavenger hunt. Divide them into two groups and ask each group to create a word/picture list of science-related things that the other group will search for. (They can use pictures from catalogs and magazines.) Show children different science books to assist them in developing their ideas. Encourage children to think of things that can be found in their environments. Some of the things may be items that can actually be collected while other things can only be observed.
- Plan a day for the scavenger hunt. Make several copies of each group's scavenger hunt list and distribute the copies to the groups.
- Provide the children with plastic bags to collect items on their lists and paper and pencil to record information on things they found and observed. Assign a teacher to assist each group. If children find items that can only be observed, then they will circle that item on their list and write information about where they found it and what they observed.
- Bring children together to share what they found. Compare how many items each group was able to find. Were there items that they were not able to find and observe? Why? Invite the children to continue creating more scavenger hunt challenges for each other.
Curriculum Connection: TAKE-HOME MATH
Math Scavenger Hunt. Create a take-home activity for children. Ask the children to list things in their home that are found in sets of two, four, six, and 10. Invite children to share their information during group time.