Since we are out of town for the holiday I planned out a few activities that I thought would be fun, easy and require minimal equipment/mess to do on our trip. I had planned for us to do a 3D scavenger hunt this morning in Nana and Grandpa's backyard but as I walked around I quickly realized that natural items such as seeds, acorns, sticks, leaves, pine cones, rocks, etc. would be hard to come by but what I did notice was the amount and different types of amazing flowers that Nana had in bloom.
SO I quickly changed the plan and decided we would do a flower hunt instead. I cut about six blooms off of different flowers, placed them on our white board so she could look at them closely and then called Sam over.
I told her that we were going to try and find where in the garden these flowers belonged, to match them to the other flowers. At first I did not think she understood or just wasn't interested but after I REALLY coaxed her through the first one she got into it and LOVED finding the other ones.
The picture above was one of my favorite attempts because there were so many different yellow flowers and she kept thinking that she found it and then would get closer and be so disappointed that she had to keep looking.
But all in all I think this was a great activity!
The Nitty Gritty!
I don't think I have seen this idea anywhere else, but if you have please let me know where so I can give credit where credit is due! This was great for Sam, at age 2+, because we counted petals, talked about color, shape and size. I think older kids too would enjoy this one as well and you could use harder to recognize flowers (like hosta flowers!). If you don't want to cut off a whole bloom you could do the same activity with just individual petals as well. When this many different varieties of flowers are not available you could also use leaves (but that might be a bit harder for a 2 year old!).