Nature Bingo

There are A LOT of nature Bingo cards on the internet. Like a lot.
But none of them are really very pretty, or seasonal or are things you can collect, which is pretty much the most fun part about scavenger hunts! So I had my lovely talented daughter make us a beautiful spring nature bingo scavenger hunt. You can follow her art account on Instagram here. She takes commissions and makes beautiful art.

You will need:

We are going to use our nature bingo items for two different activities.

Sort your items into two categories.

  1. Everything that will make colour when you smash it for Hapa Zome
    (leaves, cedar, flowers, pine needles, dandelion)
  2. Everything else – Sink or Float
    (rocks, trash, bark, sticks, feather – if leaves and flowers end up here it’s totally ok!)

If there is some crossover or misplacement no worries the process will soon show your little one they’ve categorized incorrectly.

Sink or Float

This is just a simple invitation to explore, get playful and curious about relatively familiar everyday items from the natural world. It’s also an opportunity to practice some literacy skills outdoors!

You will need:

  • container for water
  • found objects
  • clipboard (optional)
  • pencil (optional)

All we are going to do is fill a basin or large bowl with water and invite our child to predict whether or not any given item will sink or float.

This game often leads to children making boats or floating things down the creek.

For backyard purposes it is an opportunity for your child to play with a small amount of water and see how they manage it.

I encourage you to not refill the basin at all for now unless you have already established your own comfort and ground rules about water usage in the backyard.