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Wanna’ host a fun playdate with your kids this winter? How about at your nearest State Park?
That’s what we did! We went to Lake James State Park for a nice scavenger hunt on their great nature trails.
We were inspired for this memorable afternoon by Gymboree’s Playdate Guide on Pinterest, where you’ll find even more playdate ideas.
Oh yeah, and they gave us a gift card to get a few clothes from their winter line (which look great by the way).
A nature park is a great place to find really interesting and cool things, so a scavenger hunt felt like a natural playdate idea. For the day, I made a nature park scavenger hunt printable to keep us on schedule.
You can download it too if you’d like to give it a try!
With our scavenger hunt sheets ready, we are ready to begin. On to the first item…
Warning: I may have overdone it on the pictures. There were just so many good ones, I had to include them in our post. You’ve been warned :)
Get Your Map
To ensure all goes smoothly, we’re gonna’ need a map!
Find the Lake
Let’s continue the hunt with an easy one. Can anyone find the lake?
Let’s check off a few items from our scavenger hunt checklist: Picnic table – Check! and Snack Time – Check!
Where’s the Trail?
Oh, here’s one!
Side Note: If you’re enjoying this fun post, I think you’ll really love our Storytime with Eric Carle post too!
Grab Your Acorns
Find Some Pine Cones
Get Your Leaves
Time to Mitten Up and Explore!
The boys wanted to do a few things that weren’t on the list, so we took a nice break from our scavenger hunt. With some climbing, sight-seeing and brotherly love!
Back to the Scavenger Hunt
OK, all done with exploration. Now back to the hunt!
Grab Some Twigs
Find Your Rocks
Scavenger Hunt Complete!
With all the rocks collected, we’re now all done with our scavenger hunt.
That was fun (and exhausting)! The boys did a great job following instructions, lets take a look at everything…
Check Out Our Haul
Wow! Look at all the fun stuff we found on our scavenger hunt! Pine cones, acorns and twigs. OH MY!
What Do We Do With It?
Our original idea was to make a few different Christmas tree ornaments with the nature supplies we rounded up, but the boys had a different idea.
I wonder what the kids want to do with all the stuff they found. Let’s see…
LOL, this was such a fun way to spend a day with our boys. They learned to use a map, got to explore and followed directions. What a great playdate!
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