Why doesn’t love a scavenger hunt?
As OTs, we already know the direct connection between physical activity and building of brain connections. University of VA studied the activity of children. The study and results are found in ‘Is Kindergarten the New First Grade‘? They found that schools (as we suspect) have become more academically focused, children spend less time moving, using imagination, and engaging in social play. Reading through the article is worth your time as I hadn’t realized that there’s not much empirical (research-based) evidence to show how and to what extent the classrooms have changed. One of my favorite articles is a blog post by occupational therapist, Angela Hanscom. Here’s the link.
In my books, I provide thousands of ‘Out of the POCKET Activities’ to help children to develop key skills. Here’s my A-Z Scavenger Hunt! Print out the simple form and hop to it! I’ve found that doing this activity in a group or with a buddy adds to the fun. Encourage bare-feet, touching, and using a magnifying glass to study new objects or even re-look at old things. CLICK HERE for PDF DOWNLOAD. Make copies of the handout or laminate it and use a dry-erase marker for repeated use. Take pictures or research each item and classify it. The possibilities for fun are endless!
If you’d like more activities for kids of all ages, we offer BORED Card downloads.
- B=Been Creative?
- O=Outside Play
- R=Read a Book
- E=Exercise Ideas
- D=Do Something Helpful.
Each page consists of four cards with awesome activities! Cut and laminate for your children. When they say, ‘I’m BORED’ hand them the cards…..automatic fun ideas.
I would love to know how your A-Z Scavenger Hunt went!