Scavenger hunts can be super fun ways to break out of your summer activity rut. Have you ever tried one that involves more senses than vision? Typically on a scavenger hunt, we’re looking for certain things we can see. With this fun take on a scavenger hunt, we’re using more senses so we look, listen, feel, and smell.
Simply download the activity sheet and get started. This sensory scavenger hunt would work well at the arb or anywhere. You can also use the activity sheet to spark your own ideas and create your own sensory scavenger hunt.
Make your own sensory scavenger hunt
When creating your own sensory scavenger hunt, think of ways to incorporate as many senses as possible. Connect it to your location. In a more urban area, include traffic sounds. In a rural area, include animal noises. Try a hunt in your yard or one at the neighborhood park.
You can make this easy or harder. For example, listen for an animal sound or listen for a specific animal sound (a dog barking, bird chirping, cow mooing, etc.). In an urban area, listen for a vehicle sound or a specific sound (car honking, truck braking, police siren, etc.) Listen for things that are loud and quiet. Listen for high pitches and low.
You can create an entire hunt on feel alone. Have your hunters find things that feel:
- Prickly (be careful)
Search for pleasant and not-so-pleasant smells. Do different flowers have different fragrances? Can you find freshly cut grass? What about a field full of farm animals? A stream or pond?
This sense is the easy one since it’s what we are most accustomed to when we think of a scavenger hunt. To mix it up, you can do a rainbow hunt — find something in every color of the rainbow. Or focus on favorite colors, colors of your favorite sports team, etc. You can also do shapes. Find things that are square, circular, etc. The options are endless.
If you’re creating your own scavenger hunt, you can even incorporate taste, just make sure you are providing the things to taste so you know they are safe. Don’t march off into the woods and start tasting plants. Think of the different kinds of taste — sweet, bitter, sour, salty. You can even experiment with textures — smooth, crunchy, squishy, etc.
Take the next steps:
- Learn more Matthaei Botanical Garden and Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan.
- Learn about attracting wildlife to your garden.
- Take your family on a bug safari.
- Learn about different kinds of butterflies.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are two properties in different locations operating as one unit within the University of Michigan, with a mission to inspire and enrich people’s lives through contact with plants and nature. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is proud to partner with Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum to bring some of the adventures of the outdoors to Mott through regularly occurring activities for our Little Victors at the hospital. You can learn what activities are scheduled at the hospital during your visit by checking in with our Family Center on Level 2.
Camp Little Victors is the virtual summer camp program from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Each week, for six weeks, participants receive an email full of ideas and activities to help keep families busy, happy and healthy all summer long. Learn more and sign up.
University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” and among the 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation by Parents Magazine. In December 2011, the hospital opened our new 12-story, state-of-the-art facility offering cutting-edge specialty services for newborns, children and women.