The Scavenger Hunt activity is drawn from Joseph Cornell's Sharing Nature with Children
OBJECTIVE: to raise awareness of the natural environment through exploration.
TIME: 30 - 45 minutes
LOCATION: you may use the activity as a means of getting from one place to another, for example from the beach back to the track, or to explore a defined area on the reserve.
YOU WILL NEED: a copy of the list for each group, and collecting bags.
Begin the activity by explaining to the group that they are going to explore the wonders of this natural place as scavengers. Divide the group into pairs - no live animals or living plants to be collected.
Having collected all the items, each pair returns with their findings and arranges them on the ground. Each pair can then share and discuss their findings with other pairs in the group as they return.
Items of real interest from the various groups can be taken back to school for further study and or display. All other items are scattered carefully by everyone who collected them so they are returned to nature.
On the list there are items which may need explaining:
- Everything in nature is important to something else.
- A sun trap is anything that catches the sun's heat or energy - leaves or plants, animals, water, rocks and sand.
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