Thursday October 02, 2014

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Park scavenger hunt

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My children miss going to parks over winter.

It's such an easy way to experience some new scenery, and let their imaginations run with new equipment to play on. I am fully content to sit with a coffee and attend to all of the "Mom, watch this" tricks and feats.

I've mentioned before that we park hop quite a bit, often in the same evening to spice things up a bit. This spring we are going to create a park scavenger hunt, and see how many things we can tick off in the span of a month.

For older children, they should be able to help come up with a list of park and play equipment to be on the lookout for. If you have younger children, you will likely need to flesh out the list a bit so you don't end up with just the slide, swing, and monkey bars. I'll provide a list here that you could even just clip out and take with you on your hunt.

These locations would include: a tunnel slide, a zip line, a firefighter pole, a swaying bridge, three levels, a climbing wall, equipment shaped like an animal or a vehicle, musical equipment, a metal slide, a backhoe digger, an individually suspended bridge, a four-way teeter totter, a tire swing, a rope ladder and a semi tire to crawl on.

The above items are a good start, and you can definitely add more that your children want to search for. To get the most out of the hunt, I suggest only being allowed to cross an item off after playing on it.

This prevents just driving by a park and crossing an item off your list. What would be the fun in that?

However, it would be a good idea for your children to know the list, and if they do see an item en route to the grocery store, they can pay attention and then help plan to get to that park at a time when it works.

Although, that said, it would be super fun to let loose on our schedules at times and make random 10-minute park stops.


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