Family Send-Home: Sunny Scavenger Hunt
- Grades: PreK–K
What You Need:
- 2 cardboard half-gallon milk cartons
- Yarn or string
- Disposable or washable gloves
- Marker (optional)
What You Do Together:
1 On a sunny day, explain to you're going to search for things outdoors. Together, wash the milk cartons with soap and water so they'll be clean for collecting. Dry them and then cut off the tops and punch holes on the opposite sides near the top. Thread the yarn or string through the holes and tie a knot so you and your child can wear the containers over your shoulders.
2 Decide on two types of things you can look for and gather on your walk - for example, natural materials (leaves, twigs, and stones) and manufactured items (paper, soda cans, and foil gum wrappers - often called liter!) If you like, ask your child to draw pictures of the items you mention. Then tape the pictures to your collection containers to remind you of what to look for on your scavenger hunt.
3 Put on your gloves and head outdoors. Then use your observation skills to hunt for the types of items you selected. (Remind your child not to pick up broken glass, other sharp objects, or anything that looks too dirty.) Encourage your child to point out and name the things he sees. Notice that some of the metal litter is easy to spot. Discuss how it shines because it reflects the sunlight.
4 Back at home, dump the items out and sort them into the two categories, natural and manufactured materials. Then invite your child to make two collages, one with each category of items. Make sure he wears the gloves while working with the manufactured items.) Congratulate yourselves on your creative recycling!
More Ways to Learn:
Search for Treasure. Help your child create a treasure map. Guide him to draw a map of your yard, a room, or a playground. Then give him a special treasure to hide somewhere - he can even bury it in the sandbox! Ask your child to mark the spot on the map with a big X and give the map to you, a friend, or a sibling to use to find the treasure. After the search, relax by reading P.B. Bear's Treasure Hunt by Lee Davis (Dorling Kindersley). Follow the picture clues and read the map together.
Read to Recycle. As a family, work together to set up a recycling system. Your child can decorate cardboard boxes to use as sorting bins. Each bin should indicate the materials it's for: plastic, paper, metal cans, or glass. When you've collected items for each bin, take a trip to the neighborhood recycling center.