At Home Activity: Flower Scavenger Hunt
Being quarantined doesn't mean we have to give up exploring! Today we've got something to connect you to nature and safely discover your neighborhood.
It's been a stressful couple of weeks for everyone, especially for those with littles! So today, I'm bringing you an engaging activity that you can access easily and keep in your back pocket for those particularly interesting days indoors.
Today, we're going on a flower scavenger hunt! I use this basic flower scavenger hunt at The Garden with my groups, but it is so easy to modify for a specific time of year or age group. This hunt is great for kids from ages 5-12 and can work with any age with a little imagination. Use the hunt in your back yard or neighborhood. It's a great way to get kids outdoors moving and exploring. If you have binoculars or a magnifying glass on hand, that will make the hunt a little extra exciting.
The hunt can be printed or found at the link at the bottom, for easy on-the-go access from your phone.
For this hunt, you'll only need:
1. The scavenger hunt
2. Writing utensil
3. A backyard scientist!
We’re encouraging the practice of social distancing, especially when outside your home. When working on your scavenger hunt, please follow social distancing guidelines. Be safe, explore with an adult, and be a backyard scientist!
Backyard Scavenger Hunt
_______ A red flower:
While bees find red hard to see, other pollinators like birds love the color red!
_______ A flower with pollen on its anthers:
Anthers are part of the male reproductive system of a flower. Look for the anthers in the center of the flower. If you gently touch the anther, some of the pollen may rub off on your skin.
_______ A flower with 6 Petals:
The number of petals a flower has may help us know what family they are from. For example, many plants in the lily family, liliaceae may have 6 petals, while members of the brassica family (kales, broccoli, cauliflower), have flowers with 4 petals!
_______ A flower with many colors:
Some flowers use colors to guide pollinators to the center of the flower. This helps the flower attract visitors, and helps the animal find the nectar faster!
_______ A flower that smells sweet:
Sweet smelling nectar lures critters to the flower. Some flowers smell different to attract other pollinators like flies and bats.
_______ A pollinator on a flower:
Pollinators, like bees and butterflies should be flying on a sunny, warm day. Can you think of any other pollinators besides bees, butterflies or birds?
_______ A purple flower:
Purple is considered a favorite color among bumblebees. In fact, scientists have found that some purple flowers may produce up to 40% more nectar than their rainbow counterparts.
_______ A flower with a circle center:
Flowers come in all shapes and sizes. Can you find a flower with a circle center? What color is it, and how many petals does it have?
_______ A flower not growing in soil:
We always imagine flowers growing from soil, but some flowers are epiphytes, or plants that grow on other plants! Look up to find flowers in trees.
_______ A flower that has already bloomed:
Look for petals that look old and dried up. When a flower is visited by a pollinator, its pollen and nectar is spread around. If it’s lucky, the flower will then be able to develop a fruit or pod, and inside that are seeds! Look behind the flower where it meets the stem to see if it looks enlarged. If so, a fruit may be coming soon!
When you finish your scavenger hunt, take a picture on your adventure and tag us on Facebook and Instagram!
Show us how you’re #pinecrestkind
Here's the link to the scavenger hunt!
You can access it through the blog or through this google drive link: