Blog of the Week – Scavenger Hunt

This beautiful post and pictures by Josie from Sleep is for the Weak really made us smile.

She has captured exactly what it is that kids love to do – and proves that when we take the time out to do these kind of activities we can thoroughly enjoy them too!



Wellies on, folks. Fetch clipboards and pens. Pack a bag with chocolate buttons to bribe them with half way round when they lose interest. Plan a route and make up your list of things you’re likely to see in your little space of the world (it’s a good feeling to get home with all the boxes ticked) and have a big pile of cake or the equivalent waiting back home to reward your grubby, small adventurers with.

Kai knows our neighbourhood pretty well so drew us a map of where he thought we should go. Getting him to draw his own version of our ‘treasure list’ helped to give him a mental map of the things we were looking for so he stood a better chance of remembering them on our way round (it also killed some time while I had a shower. Ha.)

We decided on a BONUS sheet too – good to add to if you reach a bit of the walk where you treasure items are a little unforthcoming. Ours was leaves of different colours, with spaces to stick down leaves of each colour as we spotted them (pack sellotape).

Next time I want to do a sounds list. Get them to listen for bird song, dogs barking, a car horn, the wind whooshing, wet branches dripping. I’d have liked to have had a list of a few more wildcards too – writing down the most interesting thing we saw that had been thrown away, writing down an unexpected sound we heard, or a word we saw written down. (*steers Kai past our urban graffitti*).

It was a beautiful morning for us. I hope you have as much fun as we did.


One hour, and one VERY illusive bug later (turns out bugs do NOT like damp November days) … RESULT.

Happy treasure hunting.

(NB. Not Hitler’s dog. FOUR DOGS. Four ticks. Yikes)


Find a whole host of ideas to get you and your family out and about enjoying the last days of autumn over on Netmums.

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2 Responses to Blog of the Week – Scavenger Hunt

  1. Claire Colvine - Play England says:

    Reblogged this on Love Outdoor Play and commented:
    We love this post on the Netmums blog by Josie from ‘Sleep is for the Weak’! Joise and her family clearly Love Outdoor Play – why not replicate their idea this weekend and discover what your local patch of nature has to offer 🙂

  2. What a great way to entertain the kids! Looks like lots of fun, my 4yo would love this!

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