We love ideas that re-use boxes and get inspire even the littlest kids to be observant in nature. We’re up-cycling our cardboard box into a nature tray for a scavenger hunt. When I was a kid I used to do this activity with a shoe box, so if you don’t have a Green Kid Crafts box handy, any small box will work.
Separate your box into compartments and paint the bottom of each compartment with a color found in nature. This can be adapted with the seasons too!
Then head outside and find objects that match the colors in the tray.
- 1 Green Kid Crafts Box
- Nature Colored Paint or Markers (We used brown, gray, yellow, and green.)
Cut the lid off of your empty Green Kid Crafts box.
Cut cardboard spacers from the lid in the following sizes:
2 Spacers at 6 3/4″ x 2″
1 Spacer at 4″ x 2″
Use tape to secure the spacers in the box as shown.
Paint or color each compartment a different color.
Head outside! In your own backyard or to a local park and kids can collect objects that match the colors in the box! How many objects can you find?
It’s a simple activity, with infinite variations. Siblings, Friends, a Classroom – as either a supported, individual or group activity it works!
It’s a good exercise for young kids, teaching them words to describe objects they find. Shapes, textures, smells.
It’s a good opportunity to talk to kids about what you shouldn’t pick for your box (roses from your neighbor’s garden?) and why.
It’s a great hiking or traveling activity too – does the earth change color between places? Is all dirt the same color?
Be prepared for some Why’s and go exploring!