We've felt it coming, and for most of us, summer break starts soon (if it hasn't already).
We are navigating school closing alongside a move, and my usual planned summer list is basically out the window. The good news is, we aren't meant to create events sun up to sun down to entertain our little ones. I spent countless hours outside as a little girl finding my own way and encourage my boys to do the same.
Our summer scavenger hunts are one of their favorite activities that we've already picked back up with the warmer weather. We do these on neighborhood walks, trips to the park and even use it as a backyard game when I'm working and can't be as present. It's a fun activity that you can even move indoors, and makes for such a great way to sneak in a little learning (and for the older ones, a little gratitude) as they play.
My boys that take part are 4 and 6, while the baby (20 months) love to follow them around and fill his basket with his own version of the game. I typically draw a chart for the 4 year old full of quick little illustrations for him to find. Think bird, spider web, your favorite color, a fun shaped leaf, etc. As he finds each item, he checks it off on his sheet. He is always squealing when he spots something and runs to show everyone before moving to the next. They feel so much excitement, and it's a great way to point them to enjoy their surroundings as they are!