It’s been quite a while since we did a scavenger hunt.. Nature week was probably the last. We had such a good time finding things around the yard that I couldn’t resist doing another scavenger activity. It turned out to be the best part of our monkey-themed day, too! We put on our safari hats and went out for the zookeeper’s scavenger hunt for our hungry little monkeys.
What You’ll Need:
- Yellow paper
- Hiding places (indoor or outdoor)
Okay so here’s how easy it is…Just cut some banana shapes from yellow paper (we did ten) and clothes pin them to objects outside. Think about branches, weeds, flower-pots, fences, chairs, leaves, lawn ornaments, the garden hose, etc.
For the little ones, remember to keep your bananas low and out in the open – they need to be at eye level or below so that your toddler can easily spot them while walking around.
For kids of an older age you can partially hide the bananas under stones, under cushions, in the soil, deep in the flowers, under mulch, above their heads, etc. On top of hiding the bananas in trickier places, add numbers or math equations and practice counting/math. It will make the game a little harder – ultimately making it fun for all ages!
As mentioned before, we hid ten bananas in ten places, we sang songs about feeding the zoo monkeys (you know, the ones that only your imagination can dream up), and we giggled…a lot.
This was great for us and I hope it’s equally great for you! Remember, this activity isn’t limited to monkeys and bananas…pick fruit from trees, leaves, birds, bugs, etc. All of our activities can be adapted to fit your lesson plan – just use a little imagination!
Check out some of our other animal activities in the links provided. Here we visit the farm. Here we visit the jungle/zoo!