We are huge scavenger hunt enthusiasts.
When Easter comes we re-hide our eggs about a bazillion times.
So, when Mother Goose Time suggested we use their super creepy, crawly toy insects to go on an outdoor scavenger hunt, none of us hesitated!
Since the bugs were adorned in the primary colors, the first order of business was to sort them and of course count them, so that we would know how many we had to hide and find!
The primary colored construction paper helped with sorting, since this is still a new skill for my littlest guy.
For my youngest this meant learning to recognize red, yellow, and blue.
For my middle child this meant getting to count to 11 three times.
For my eldest this meant counting to 33 and recognizing that 3 groups of 11 also equaled 33.
Colors! Sorting! Patterns! Oh my!
To keep things simple, my two eldest hid bugs for each other.
Ladybug (4) hid yellow bugs for her brother, Owl to find.
Owl (3) hid blue bugs for his sister, Ladybug to find.
Our little guy, Guppy (18 months) hid and found all the red ones!
This is a little one on a mission folks!
Some of the hiding places were pretty creative.
The butterflies together in a bush was my favorite.
Clearly, putting them fun places was WAY more important than making it hard for the other person to find!
They enjoyed their scavenger hunt so much they repeated it several more times throughout the afternoon.
At the end of their play we congregated back on the deck and repeated our color sorting, counting activity to make sure that all the colorful insects were accounted for and collected.
I don’t mind telling you that we completely missed a yellow one, which decided to scare the ever living daylights out of me the following morning!
The kids had a fantastic time.
I love that Mother Goose Time gives us such wonderful opportunities for play based learning that we can all enjoy together even when we are at different levels of understanding!