Whitney Hollingshead is back today with some more fun ideas! Last time she contributed some great ways to have a Western-themed party for kids. Today she's sharing how to plan the perfect treasure hunt - Kay is going to love these!
Ahoy Matey! Find Yer Secret Treasure
A Guide to Planning the Perfect Treasure Hunt
Hunting for treasure is a fun activity for all ages. Now that the weather is warming up, planning a treasure hunt is a perfect way to encourage your kids to get outside. A treasure hunt is also a great way for any child to use their imagination and explore their surroundings. Check out the ideas below for some fun ways to choose a treasure and plan the perfect hunt.
When my sister was younger, we used to play this simple indoor scavenger hunt game. I would give her a clue, each clue would lead to a new clue until she found...the prize! She loved it, so of course I brought it into the next generation by doing it with Kay as well. The only problem with this was that the first few times we did it, there was a small surprise waiting for her at the end. Then one day she was begging to play so we did but imagine the disappoint when there was no prize at the end!
With spring in the air here (sometimes...) I love thinking about how we'll be getting outside again, playing in the dirt, looking for worms and planting a garden. Toddlers and preschoolers, with their natural curiosity, are the perfect age for studying nature. Today for Saturday Science, I want to share some ideas for encouraging and nurturing that curiosity about nature.
Welcome back! What do you think of the blog's new design? (I love it!) Let's get right to some favorites from last week...
These cute sweet treats have been floating around Pinterest. They looked easy enough so we gave them a try. Peeps + race cars? Oh, Kay was very pleased!
Our spin on it was that I wasn't going for "Pinterest-perfect." I did one as an example, and then let Kay have free reign. I'm glad I did, because, wouldn't you know, that girl has some creative ideas!
I was excited to try this idea out with Kay. She's always open to a bit of process art and if it's messy, all the better!
I filled up some plastic eggs with washable tempera paint, adding a splash of water to each one. Since they have holes on both ends, I didn't deliberately mix the paint and water, just quickly closed them up and set them on a plate.
My one mistake was trying this on a windy-ish day. Not a smart idea. The paper kept flying away, so we held it down with a rock.
I wanted to title this "Marble Runs for Dummies" or something similar, but didn't want to be unintentionally insulting. Of course, the insult really goes to me. I love the super-simple, no creativity or talent required things - probably because of my lack of creativity or talent! Fortunately, I've found that simple works best, so it's all to the good!
I post simple, sometimes ridiculously obvious, activities on this blog. And the reason behind that is that sometimes adults forget that simple is often best or we forget the little games or toys we made up as children, lost in the fog we see childhood through. (For example, hand-print turkeys or ghost lollipops - classics!)
This game certainly follows this pattern. But where as a kid I would just think about "Was it fun?", as a parent I also look at it as "Look at all they learn from this!"
Chromatography is so cool!
Go ahead, ask me is I even knew what it meant a month ago!
So...what is it? Simply a technique used to separate mixtures. And since markers are mixtures of colored dyes, they are the perfect introduction to this kind of science for preschoolers. (Got the definition from Science for Kids!)
The nice weather finally found it's way to New England and Kay has been taken advantage by riding her bike and swinging on her swing constantly. On the schedule for tomorrow...picnic! I hope it's as lovely where you are!