Here we go for Scavenger Hunts in Egg Cartons take TWO! Yesterday I shared with you the colour-themed nature scavenger hunt we did with little Norah and today I get to share with you how we made this fun “opposites” scavenger hunt super educational for my big boys.
I have shared here before how I find it so easy to create hands-on learning activities for my little ones, but as my children get older I find it more of a challenge. I have been really working on this, as I want my kids to love learning!
This scavenger hunt was a great way to make learning lots of fun. They were definitely engaged! Here is how it all went down (I can see you over there … on the edge of your seat … oh, the exciting tales I tell! )
For this scavenger hunt, I had my boys decide on the version they wanted to do from the printable (you can grab your own printable at the bottom of this blog post). They agreed (a miracle in itself) that they wanted to do the opposites scavenger hunt.
I love this one! The boys cut out the circles and popped them in the egg carton. They decided to do it together (miracle number two).
Ben, who is becoming a more and more confident reader these days, read each word. They then discussed what the opposite of that word was and hunted for it.
Some of these were quite simple—like the word “large.” They quickly realized they needed to find something small.
But other words were quite tricky—like the word “dull.” Sam said the opposite was colorful. I quickly said I didn’t think so—that I thought it would be more related to the sheen of an object, not the color. I thought the opposite would be shiny (and since I created the printable and all, you know, I thought I was right!).
However, Google is more of an authority these days, and it was declared that colorful could work as the opposite of dull. Who knew?
These bright boys of mine also learned that they could find the vast majority of these items looking through the gravel driveway.
Just like Norah, these boys were not giving me a beautiful background for my photos!
When they were all done, we chatted about the items they found. It was very interesting to hear their logic and thinking about how the objects were opposites to the terms written in the egg cartons. We had quite a few good discussions about our English language.
Typically, when the boys do a scavenger hunt or some sort of game like this, we have a challenge linked to it. A timer, or a reward at the end, as the boys of mine love a good challenge. But for this particular scavenger hunt, they were simply right into it as it was—no added incentive needed.
We actually did this activity right after we did Norah’s colour scavenger hunt, so she was right in the mix, running along with her brothers and feeling very much included and a part of their fun and learning. This was such a nice change, as so often, the name of the game is keeping that little one busy so the boys can do some work.
I am just loving all of these scavenger hunts and know we will be playing with them all summer long. I would love you to play along with us!
This FREE 9 page scavenger hunt printable includes:
- colour names
- number words
- textures (with pictures)
- textures (vocabulary builders)
- nature items
- and letters grouped in the special order for teaching letter recognition
You can grab your FREE 9 page scavenger hunt printable right here:
I hope there is an idea in this printable bundle that is perfect for you and yours. Happy Scavenger Hunting!