Discovery Play Activities with Your Young Child: Nature Scavenger Hunt


Hsiu-Wen Yang

Publication Date:

revised 5/5/2021

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Going for a walk/hike is not just a great opportunity to get exercise, but a great way to give your children a STEM lesson. Tell children that they will make observations in the environment before the walk. Ask open-ended questions during the walk and get them to talk about what they are seeing. You can also take photos with the phone, and let children draw and sketch the observations when they get home.


  • Families

Developmental stage: 

  • 3-5


  • Community
  • Home

Resource Type: 

  • Activity cards (playtime, daily routines)


  • Science

Level of Intended Impact: 

  • Knowledge application


  • English

Developer / Author: 


Routines and Everyday Activities: 

  • Playtime (indoors & outdoors)

Resources for Families: 

  • Discovery Play Activities