A nature scavenger hunt that encourages learners to explore their surroundings while out for a walk and record natural objects and features found during the walk. The resource includes 4 creative follow-up activities, including nature journaling, creative story writing, stop motion filmmaking and sculpture-making.
This activity allows you to explore and connect with your surroundings. It can be done as part of a walk outside school grounds, a classroom / playground activity or as a home activity. The Scavenger Hunt Detective Sheet can be taken along for the walk and used to write, draw or even stick down an object. Objects can even be collected in a bag to be used in follow-up activities in the classroom.
Note: It is important to remember that only non-living objects such as fallen leaves and acorns, broken twigs, pebbles and empty seashells can be collected or stuck down on the sheet. Any larger features (such as landscapes, burrows or boulders) or living things (such as plants and animals) must be drawn or written down instead of removed from nature. Nature is a wonderful thing with lots of things to discover and admire – we must look after every bit of it!
Option 1 – Go for a walk (either on school grounds or further afield) and use the Scavenger Hunt sheet to find 8 features or objects in nature that fit in with each question.
Option 2 – If going for a walk is not an available option, found natural materials can be pre-collected and brought into the classroom for the learners to explore different materials indoors. Suitable objects and materials could include different leaves, twigs, rocks, pine cones, shells and acorns, for instance.
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- Objects gathered from outdoors
- Printed detective sheet PDF
- Video recording device and stop motion app (optional)
- Take a Walk
Area of Learning and Experience
- Science and Technology
- Language, Literacy and Communication
- Expressive Arts
- Maths and Numeracy
Sandra Gustafsson is a Cardiff-based theatre designer and workshop facilitator. Since moving to Wales in 2016 to pursue a Masters at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Sandra has found a passion for educational projects and participatory arts. As a result, she has worked as a Creative Practitioner in a number of Primary and Secondary schools across South Wales as part of Arts Council of Wales’ Lead Creative Schools scheme. In addition, Sandra has recently collaborated with Wales Millennium Centre and Sparc Valleys Kids as part of the ‘Together Stronger’ partnership to deliver creative workshops for young people in community settings. Sandra is particularly intrigued by finding new purposes for recycled materials and found objects through creative projects.