Are you looking for something fun to do with your family? Maybe you are having a sleepover at your house and the kids need to blow off some steam? Or you are out camping and need some evening entertainment? How about a night walk scavenger hunt?
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How to do a Scavenger Hunt
Print out the Scavenger Hunt Printable, grab a flashlight or lantern and a pen to mark your findings. A flashlight makes it more interesting for kids but it is also a safety precaution if you live in a bad lit area. In our neighborhood are not a lot of street lights, no sidewalks and some stretches of road are completely dark. An oncoming car would never see you. So make sure you are visible to drivers.
Go outside and see if you can find all the items on the list. Listen to the sounds at night. Do you hear frogs croak or crickets chirp? Is there a neighborhood dog barking or sirens of a police car in the distance?
Look up into the sky. Hopefully, it is not too cloudy and you will be able to find star constellations and maybe even a shooting star or satellite. If you are interested in knowing more about the night sky this is a great book for children about constellations: The Sky is awake!
If you are in the city you might have a tough time finding nocturnal creatures other than some rats but you might be surprised what you can find. I remember seeing bats when we lived in NY. Here are some wonderful children’s books about nocturnal animals. I especially love the flashlight book and my kids are big firefly fans.
Mark each find on your list as you go. You can choose one page for the group or make it a competition and give each person their own printout. Don’t get frustrated when you can’t find every item on the list. Some nights are cloudy, maybe there is no dog outside to bark. You might get lucky the next time you go and explore.
Here is the printable list:
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