Scavenger hunts come in all types and this one is easy and great fun for children of all ages. It adds purpose and the thrill of the chase to your time outside. In a nutshell, you’ll be searching for the perfect match to the color of a crayon, colored pencil, or paint chip. Read on for details and how to extend the activity.
Any time children spend outdoors is beneficial. This activity encourages them to look closely at things in nature as they search for something that matches their color. It promotes tactile discovery and cognitive development, provides visual stimulation, exercises eye-hand coordination, and develops color discrimination. You can add in some writing and drawing as well, if you wish.
You can design the activity many ways, but it can be as simple as this:
- Have your child close their eyes as they pick a color (crayon, colored pencil, paint chip, or improvise!).
- Go on an explore to find something in nature that is a close match for their color.
- Take a picture of your child holding their crayon next to the match.
- Then they pick a new color and continue the hunt!
You can further enrich this activity by adding some writing and drawing. Set each child up with a clipboard. (Clipboards can make children feel very professional!) They can write down the color and what they found that matched it (e.g. red: red maple branch). If your child is a preschooler, you can form the letters with dots and they can trace the dots, or you can tell them which letters to write. They can draw what they found and use their crayon to color it. When you get home, you can make a book out of the photos and any writing they did.
We’d love to see your photos of your child holding their color next to what they found. We’ll post our favorites on social media (with your permission) and in a compilation post. We’ll send a cool nature poster to the families who send in our favorites. Send your favorite photo to with any information that might be interesting to know (where you found it, how long it took, what it is, etc).