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In a few days, my family will be visiting a botanical garden. When I say botanical garden, you are probably picturing beautiful flowers, trickling fountains, blossoming trees, trailing vines crawling up arbors, and manicured landscaping beds. Now, add in three loud, rambunctious, tree-climbing, flower-picking, vine-swinging little boys to your serene picture. Now your view is complete. Wonder why my hubby is a little concerned about the trip?
But, never fear…..mama is here!
A Plant Scavenger Hunt
The mission? Keep theirs hands busy in an effort to decrease the squashed flowers, broken tree branches, and ruffled mulch. While we are at it, I will teach them a little bit about plants!
The method? Give them a list of several generic things that would be found in nearly any botanical garden. As we stroll the grounds, I will have them check off as many items on their list as possible. It’s like a treasure hunt…..but with less “Arrrr…..matey”…..hopefully!
The reward? If they find the majority of the items on the list, then I will give them a treat.
How to Use Your Scavenger Hunt
Download and save your free copy. If you don’t know how to do that, see the instructions below.
Print it off. (You can print one copy for the whole family or print a copy for each child.)
Educate your kids. Before embarking on your hunt, you might want to give your kids some background info on plants. See the ideas for background info below.
Decide on a reward or treat.
In order to see the full value of the scavenger hunt, you might consider doing the same hunt 2-3 times at different locations on different days. Repetition breeds familiarity! Maybe the first time you could do a family hunt. During this time, you are educating your kids and showing them the answers. The second time you do it, they could work alone, but are able to ask questions and clarifications from Mom. The third time you do it, they could be asked to do it mostly alone.
In an effort to maximize the learning experience, I have been reading some plant books to my kids. Some of the terminology on the scavenger hunt will be a bit hard if they haven’t studied it. First of all, we studied the backs of our Ecology Science Cards from Classical Conversations. Next, we read some books. Here are the books I used:
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