If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend with your kids, head outside and have a backyard scavenger hunt. I ran across this activity idea for a Backyard Scavenger Hunt on the National Wildlife Federation’s website The Green Hour. You can print out this list of nature items and organize a simple hunt with your family or neighbors in your yard. I like the list of items a lot because most of them are simple enough for younger kids, but there are also some such as signs of a mammal or two types of seeds that will make this activity challenging for older kids also. To make the hunt easier, give each team a clipboard to write on and a small bag to collect their items.
If you haven’t seen the Green Hour website, be sure to check it out. You can find a lot of educational and fun things to do outside on this site. The Nature Find link is especially helpful in finding nearby parks or natural areas to take your kids.