We are playing outside in the yard, picking flowers, looking at bugs, spashing around with some water, and all of a sudden.
“Mommy mommy come HERE! QUICKLY!” she yells.
I rush over. “What? what happened? What is it? are you ok?” Even though she isn’t crying, my first thought is that she has hurt herself. My second thought is that her sister is eating dirt. Again.
“Look! A LADYBUG!!!!!!” (As if she has never seen a ladybug before in her life. As if we hadn’t just looked at a different ladybug together 2 minutes ago.)
“Yes, there are so many ladybugs this time of year.” I tell her. I sigh. And then smile.
Has your child ever done this? It is quite adorable, and interesting to see how fascinated they get about such a simple thing. The amount of focus they put into a bug. Ladybug, ant, spider, butterfly. We have all been there.
I thought it might be fun to create a scavenger hunt for her, now that she is old enough to identify enough objects outside. So I came up with this list. I put in several items that she could easily find, and others which were a little harder to find. I also included items that would be new to her, so she can learn some new words.
Please feel free to try this out with your kids. You can use my list or make up your own.
- A thin stick
- A white flower
- Two yellow flowers
- A dark grey rock
- A large leaf
- A weed
- A pinecone
Happy Scavenger Hunting!