I love the Autumn, when the leaves start to fall, and the nights start to draw in. As a family we love getting outdoors, and just because the weather isn’t as good, it doesn’t put us off! I have been meaning to do a scavenger hunt for the kids for ages now, but what better time to do it than the beginning of Autumn, when there are loads of acorns, conkers and other treasures to find!
Autumn Scavenger Hunt
Last weekend we headed off to Hatfield Forest, which is only 20 minutes drive. Its a National Trust forest so it’s well looked after, and it costs just £5.00 for parking. There is enough there to keep the family entertained for hours, so is an absolute bargain.
I made a collage of pictures of items for the kids to find, and then laminated them, so they each had one. Armed with this and their Scrunch Buckets we headed off. We started around the lake first, partly because I wanted to get a cuppa from the little shop, but also I had read that that’s were most of the horse chestnut trees were. The girls got straight into hunting for treasures, Oliver was more interested in finding sticks, but that didn’t matter they were all enjoying themselves and had the space and freedom to enjoy their surroundings.
We then went into the forest, and found an area perfect for den building. James and the kids set straight to it, and the kids loved collecting logs for the build, but I have a feeling this pasttime may have been enjoyed more by James!
In this area there were also lots of trees to climb, including some horizontal ones, which were much more manageable for Oliver to climb!
As well as doing our scavenger hunt, we also feed the ducks, and picked and ate wild blackberries! We all had a fantastic day, and the kids loved looking at their treasure haul when we got home.
The treasures were put to good use, we decorated a shoe box for Isla’s school project for Harvest festival, and the conkers are destined to go on shoelaces for the kids first experience of playing conkers!
Have you done scavenger hunts before? What sort of things did you go hunting for?