Chase the rainbow Scavenger hunt

This is another super simple scavenger hunt, printed from the amazing Twinkle

Arlo really enjoyed hunting for bugs the first time we tried this on our daily exercise. I don’t have many bugs indoors but our home is full of random little objects so I needed a new idea.

Scavenger hunts help develop observational skills and build problem solving skills too. Along side looking for objects this is helping reinforce his knowledge of colours.

This time I laminated the colours work sheet to tick off and then I also created a treasure box – using an old egg carton – dabbing the colours in to the compartments so that any found objects could be saved and then discussed.

We have used this at home with random bits and bobs including buttons and Lego pieces, and also in the garden with flower petals which then inspired another variation to this simple idea.

Arlo always says that his favourite colour is “rainbows” and so we are going to use our daily exercise to chase rainbows and our task is to find something in every colour to bring home.

Egg Box Caterpillar

You will need:

Egg boxes (the long ones which hold a dozen eggs)

Red, green and yellow Paint

A purple Pipe cleaner

In keeping with our Very Hungry Caterpillar theme because we are watching out insect Lore Caterpillars grow bigger – we tried some more craft activities today.

I’m hoping that Arlo is learning to understand the life cycle of a butterfly with all of these activities and they each present the opportunity to practice dexterity skills and inspire a love of literature too.

This is really simple – all you need to do is cut the egg boxes in to a long piece and then let them loose with a tray of green paint.

We used two shades of green and the yellow at first to try and imitate the beautiful illustrations from the book.

Add in red for the head towards the end to avoid the inevitable brown splodge effect and save some yellow to dab along the back too.

The antenna are made from one twisted pipe cleaner poked through a hole in the top of the head.

For the eyes I painted a piece of white card yellow and cut these out to stick on later.

It’s as simple as that. We chose to sit at the kitchen table with our pet caterpillars and the book, right next to the fruit bowl and we were talking about the book, and all the colours as we painted.

I was planning to save the butterfly craft activities for when ours emerge from their cocoons but Arlo decided he absolutely needed to make butterflies too and so we did a quick activity straight after this with our paints too.

Mini Beast Scavenger Hunt

You will need:

  • A list of things to find

It’s as simple as that really. I used another twinkl printable resource but you could easily create your own list without a printer.

I laminated our list so we can use it with a dry wipe pen during our daily exercise walks but we practised first at home – Arlo went hunting for all his little toy creepy crawlers to match the pictures.

He is always ready to take his clipboard out on his daily exercise – let’s just hope that he doesn’t want to bring all his bugs back home!

I’m going to create more of these to use around the house with different themes – starting with colours – “find me something blue” and then shapes “find me something in the shape of a square”

Salt Painting

You will need:

  • Salt
  • PVA glue
  • Printable worksheets
  • Watercolour paints (home bargains)

I chose to print some colouring pages from twinkl to fit our caterpillar theme because our Insect Lore Caterpillars arrived this week.

This is a really simple idea and creates lovely image effects.

STEP ONE:

Paint a background colour with your water colours and then apply PVA glue generously.

STEP TWO

Sprinkle salt all over your image like glitter. STEP THREE

Shake of excess salt and the picture is ready to decorate

STEP 4

Use a wet paintbrush loaded with watercolour paint to dab the salt and watch the colours spread

We ate strawberries whilst we painted in keeping with the very hungry caterpillar theme.

Bubble Socks

You will need:

  • An old bottle
  • Scissors
  • Sock
  • Hair tie or elastic band
  • Washing up bowl
  • Fairy liquid

I saw a viral video from The Dad Lab on Facebook and thought this was worth a go….. Arlo was getting under our feet very early one morning and so I set him up with this and to my surprise it actually worked really well.

All you do is cut the bottom from a bottle, place an old (clean) sock over the end and secure it with the band before dipping it in the bubble solution.

He only had to be shown once how to blow and he was off and away.

We are going to be trying this activity again, with different sized bottles and adding food colouring to the water too. He was just as surprised as me with how many bubbles appeared, and was marching up and down the garden as if he was leading a marching band.

Counting to ten

I purchased these wonderful boards from an Etsy store we represent on Instagram – Mimis Makes – you can use code ARLO10 for a discount.

I love wooden toys and supporting small businesses run by working from home mums. Miranda has helped me to create some wonderful and useful play resources and can paint them all to your preferences. I opted to keep ours blank and we have painted ours together during lockdown which kept us occupied for a little while.

These trays are helping Arlo recognise the numerals and associate them with the value. He can then visualise that (for example) ten is more than four.

I ordered a hundred little coloured felt balls from amazon for this activity as seen in the picture but you can use anything you have lying around the home – buttons or pieces from toys – or maybe even items you find on your nature walks. In fact collecting items for the numbers is half the fun.

Colour Mixing

Arlo is lucky enough to have a mud kitchen, but you don’t need an elaborate set up for this. In fact I couldn’t find any of his usual tools so had to ‘make do’

You will need:

  • Water based paints
  • 2/3 squeezy water bottles (or pipettes if you have them)
  • Washing up bowl

Unscrew the lids from the bottles and add a small amount of water based paint – I stick to red, yellow and blue the primary colours.

Place these bottles at your action station and then let the toddlers set to work mixing them up.

Arlo tends to squeeze these very quickly and so I have refills available, and stand back from a safe and dry distance as he mixes all of the colours up.

This is a great activity and he things it’s magic when the water changes colour. He recognises the differences between colours and is starting to guess what will happen when you mix two primary colours, or will ask what he needs to use to make green.

Inevitably it does get messy, but using water based paints means that it washes out from clothes.

Arlo’s mud kitchen was purchased from Midlands Mud play and Crafts on Facebook and painted by me last year with the rainbow colours.

Washing up

It seems crazy to add this in as an activity but trust me on this one….. add bubbles to a plastic bowl in the garden and children seem to suddenly want to complete chores.

You will need:

  • Washing up bowl
  • Washing up liquid
  • Sponge
  • Cloths
  • Brushes

After my messy dinosaur themed tuff tray Arlo was very disappointed that his dinosaurs were covered in slime and so I filled a plastic storage container with warm bubbly water and laid a towel out for them to be left to dry.

It’s as simple as that.

Add in a few accessories and a small world set up such as a Toy garage and cars and suddenly you have a car wash!

If you’re feeling up to it then you can let the kids loose on your actual car too – Arlo still sees this as a really cool activity and not a chore so we’re going to take advantage of this…. it’s just a shame we aren’t going anywhere in it!

Water Play

I’m trying to resist the urge to put up our swimming pool and have the novelty wear off or the sides burst before the really hot weather arrives.

Playing with water outside is a really simple concept. Use whatever you have lying around the house.

For example here Arlo is using a set of stacking cups which he has had since he was about six months old – originally from Poundland.

These cups have holes in the bottom and so he was busy trying to fill up all five, and then trying to figure out why he was never getting to the end of the task.

We were quite brave to let him handle the hosepipe but I figured it’s a good opportunity to give him a little bit of trust and see how he gets on.

We have used the tuff tray, washing up bowls and the mud kitchen as our base to play with water, sometimes adding bubbles, toys or even water based paints to make it a bit different every time.