Children’s Nature Hunt

June 7, 2012 - Filed under Children, How-to, Paper goods

– – – UPDATED! You can now download the printable version here. – – –

Summer is just around the corner, and with the weather warming up, thoughts turn to picnics in the park, lazy days at the beach and all sorts of outdoor activities. To kick off the season I headed off on a weekend camping trip with my family. I was looking for something fun to do with my nephew and thought that a scavenger hunt would be a great way to spend some time together and enjoy the outdoors.

He’s only three, so I wanted to keep it picture based, with simple items we could easily find. I decided to laminate it so he could use it again either in his own back yard, or a trip to the park with friends. I’m really happy with the way it turned out, and we had a great time exploring nature together.

DIY Nature Hunt

How to:

  1. Draw out your items – I did mine in Adobe Illustrator, but you could just as easily draw them by hand.
  2. Print, Cut, Glue – I printed 6 items to a standard 8.5×11″ page. And cut them out with an exacto knife. I found some really fun nature themed paper at my local craft store and cut them into slightly larger squares so you could see the fun pattern.
  3. Laminate – I wanted this to be something that would last, so I took it to a copy shop to get laminated, and then recut the squares.
  4. Put it together – I punched a hole in each of the cards and srung them together with some rustic twine and added a few beads for fun.
  5. Enjoy – Head out into your local woods and see how many items you can find.

– – – UPDATED! You can now download the printable version here. – – –


Nature Hunt

Posted by: kelly

4 Comments so far

  1. paddycakeparty July 14, 2012 10:39 pm

    I love this idea. Cheap, eco-friendly, and gets our kids away from the TV. It is perfect for an outdoor party in the park… I heart it. Thank you!

  2. Breanna July 20, 2012 1:22 pm

    I’m always trying to think of ways to make walks more interesting for my son. You could do this for all sorts of different places… at the beach, around the campsite, at the mall, at the grocery store, around the house, around the neighborhood, at church… Kids could even help with the assembly! What a great idea, thanks!

  3. Kezia May 10, 2013 5:32 pm

    Would you be willing to share your art? If you could email it to me in a PDF I could print it and make one for my little guy? I just love how cute yours turned out!

    Thanks in advance, in case,

  4. kelly June 21, 2013 11:13 am

    This is now available as a printable! You can download it here:


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