Fun Friday activities are quick-and-simple ways to explore nature in your own backyard.
Last weekend’s family nature club stroll through the Venice Canals was the perfect place for an urban nature scavenger hunt. (But trust me – this walk is just as much fun when taken through your own neighborhood or a local park.)
The idea is pretty simple: discover nature in the city. We used this list put together by the self-proclaimed “scavenger hunt guru” (who I will introduce to you in more detail soon, I promise). I like that this list includes things to look for, listen for and think about.
It was nice to see parents connecting with their kids to find the items on the list. One parent even thanked me for the opportunity to slow down and really notice the little things, like flowers growing from a sidewalk crack or the shape of the clouds.
Kids being kids, everyone was intent on being the first to finish. But lucky for us, there was something worth slowing down for – this snowy egret.
Most of the kids had never seen one and were pretty excited by the big guy’s yellow feet. Funny what kids find fascinating.
I’m glad everyone had a chance to realize just how much nature surrounds us every day – even in the city. I encourage you to take a walk with your kids through your neighborhood and see what you can discover.
- Use pictures instead of words for little explorers. You can even add words under the pictures. (We didn’t try this but I wish we had!)
- Go with the flow. If you find something especially interesting during your hunt, by all means investigate, explore and enjoy! Add a drawing of what you see to your list if you like.
- Quit while it’s still fun. The goal here is to observe and talk about your discoveries. There aren’t any prizes for finishing first – or for finishing at all for that matter!
More Ideas for Outdoor Fun
This weekend is the first in a long time when we don’t have anywhere we have to be. I’m hoping for some quality time in the backyard – our bird feeders and planters could use some love! If you need some inspiration to get outside, try one of these simple ideas for backyard fun: