With all the trees are coming into leaf and the plants beginning to flower, spring is the perfect time to get outside and rediscover the magic of the natural world. As the land renews itself, things change rapidly from week to week. There’s always something new to find if you look closely.

Scavenger hunts are a fun way of encouraging kids to explore the outdoors. Combining the thrill of a treasure hunt with an opportunity to learn more about the natural world, once you get started you might find it hard to stop…

Woods are a perfect place for spring scavenger hunts

What will you find in the woods today?

Scavenger hunts are easy to organise. All you really need to do is create a list of things for the seekers to find. Depending on what’s on the list, kids can either collect items or just tick things off as they find them. If they prefer, they can also record what they find by taking photos or drawing pictures.

There are loads of different types of scavenger hunts you can do, and you can tailor them to suit the ages and interests of your children. Try this spring-themed scavenger hunt from Nature Detectives for preschoolers, or this egg box scavenger hunt for children aged 6+. Go Explore Nature’s Spring Nature Photo Hunt is great for kids who are into photography. And older kids will love the challenge of planning their own scavenger hunts for friends or family.

Spring scavenger hunts are a great activity for groups of children of all ages

Outdoor play at Bosinver

We believe outdoor play is really important, whatever age you are. We’re lucky enough to have our own woodland and fields to play in at Bosinver, and we encourage everyone who stays with us to explore.

Our Wild Kids club gives children the chance to get up close and personal with the natural world through a variety of activities including den building, nature crafts, wildlife spotting and traditional games.

Bosinver's Wild Kids club helps kids engage with nature

Resources and ideas for outdoor play

You can find more suggestions for outdoor activities with kids on our blog.

We also love the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ campaign. The website is packed full of great ideas for outdoor play. Try setting up a snail race, building a den, or catching a fish.

Cornwall is great for outdoor adventures and getting up close to nature

Are you ready for an adventure?

What do your kids enjoy doing most outdoors?Share your thoughts below, post on our Facebook page or tweet @Bosinver. We’d love to hear your your suggestions!

Happy exploring!