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Explorer Scavenger Hunt

Today I’m excited to be taking part in the A-Z of Pretend Play Activities Blog Hop hosted by Nicola at Crafty Kids at Home!

We chose the letter E for Explorers as my children love to explore. Over the school holidays we explored lots of places from the beach, canals to country houses but our favourite was our overnight stay at Whipsnade Zoo. We took part in a treasure hunt exploring the zoo, helped feed some of the animals and drove around some of the enclosures. The children have talked about our trip to the zoo quite a lot so I thought it would be fun to re-create our zoo experience at home with an Explorer Scavenger Hunt.

Explorer Scavenger Hunt

Everybody knows that Explorers need binoculars and a good map. First of all we made our own binoculars using cardboard tubes and some fun zebra patterned paper we found. We tied them together with colourful Baker’s Twine and we were ready to go.

cardboard binoculars

We organised an animal scavenger hunt. We looked through our toy boxes to find as many toy animals as we could, looking especially for ones we had seen at the zoo.

selection of toy zoo animals

Then we took it in turns to hide the animals around the living room. We had a couple of rules – not to hide the animals too high out of reach of the 3 year old, and not to hide them completely from view.

hiding toy animals around the house

They took it in turns making explorer maps, marking the furniture, doors and an X for where the treasure could be found.

homemade treasure map

They donned the binoculars and went on a hunt, following the clues on their treasure map to find the animals. This kept them amused for ages and they started hiding 5 toy animals, then 10, and so on until they couldn’t remember what they had hidden or where it was!

pretending to be an explorer

Don’t forget to check out the other participants in the A-Z of Pretend Play Activities Blog Hop

6 Comments

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    Nicola
    September 5, 2015 at 9:24 am

    This activity is perfect for all 3 of my children to play together at home. I really love how the home-made maps and binoculars personalise the activity and turned your kids into “real explorers”. I am very envious as well of your overnight stay at the Zoo, i bet that really was an amazing adventure for you all! Thanks so much for taking part in our A-Z of Pretend Play.

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    Adventures of Adam
    September 8, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I love the map they created! Wonderful indoor activity

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    Sara at Handy Herbs
    September 8, 2015 at 11:10 am

    What a creative idea! I can see how much fun that would be for children. Love the map and binocular idea. I suppose the activity could be easily adapted to link with other types of visit too. Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

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    Let Kids Be Kids
    September 8, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Lovely idea for pretend play exploring, hunting and searching for animals. The binoculars are great.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

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    Baby Isabella
    September 8, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Thats so cute! I’d love to go hunting around the house for treasure! #LetKidsBeKids

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    Gude @HodgePodgeCraft
    September 19, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    This is great! I love including a map with the hunt 🙂

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