Activity: Scavenger Hunt

OBJECTIVES: To make children better observers and introduce them to a new environment
SKILLS: Description, reading, writing, small group work
SUBJECTS: Science, ecology, language arts
TIME: Variable-up to an hour


Have a large group (10 or more) work in teams of 3-4 people. Either give all groups the same set of clue cards or divide the clues and give an equal number to each group. Do not remove the items found. Please just sketch the item or write a description of it. Give each group an area to work in and set the amount of time to spend on the activity. When the groups get together again, have them compare and contrast the items found. Look for patterns. Were all items found? Can you guess why something was not found?


Use the text below to make separate clue cards on paper:

Find an object with the most living things on it.

Find a living thing attached to a non-living thing.

Find an animal with protective coloration.

Find food for a squirrel.

Find an animal's home. Please do not disturb!

Find a place where erosion is occurring.

Find something under a rock.

Find something carried by the wind.

Find an animal track.

Find some soil that feels like clay.

Find some soil that feels like sand.

Find a plant that protects itself in a way you can see, feel, or smell.

Find something that looks like another plant or animal.

Find something fuzzy.

Find something that is round.

Find a leaf that has been chewed (but not by you).

SPECIAL NOTES: This activity can be done in any setting. Open fields, a forest,a school playground, the estuary, etc. all work equally well. Add any other clue cards you can think of.