Make walks with your kids more fun with a photography scavenger hunt!
Let them explore things found in nature.
Help them practice their colors, shapes and numbers.
Teach them about keeping our environment clean and safe!
This is a creative, fun activity that gets children to engage with their surroundings rather than just passing them by.
Got multiple children? Make it a contest! The first person to fill their sheet, gets ________ (fill in the blank).
I did this with my nieces in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and they LOVED it so much, they told my sister they wanted cameras for Christmas. So of course, being the awesome aunt that I am, I went on Amazon immediately and purchased some child-appropriate cameras. 🙂
I also did this in a beginner’s photography workshop I hosted at the Children’s Museum of Green Bay last summer.
The elementary aged students learned the basics about operating their parents’ digital camera as well as some more technical concepts like the exposure triangle, rule of thirds, negative space and different points of view.
So, let’s plan your photography scavenger hunt:
- First, choose the location. Take a look at my scavenger hunt template below and think of where you can find these items – your yard, a park, a walk around the block.
- Second, print off the template, or screen shot it on your phone if you can mark it up.
- Next, go over the rules with the kiddos. This could be explaining the time limit (if you want there to be one), what they get at the end, etc.
- Then, get snappin!
- At the end, you’ll have to be the “judge.” Have every kid show you the photos they took on the camera to make sure they match the item on the sheet.
Good luck! And have fun!!
When your kids fill this one up, email me for sheet #2 to keep them busy on your next walk!
RP Photography is a full-service Green Bay newborn and family portrait photographer. She specializes in maternity, newborns, milestones, family, high school seniors, pet portraits and heashots. Rachael strives to provide an easy, stress-free and fun portrait experience through consultations and personalizing each session to a client’s individual needs.
“Nature is a tool to get children to experience not just the wider world, but also themselves.”