Do your children typically display “better behavior” on days with structured activities?
For many, free time is not productive. Young children do not have the ability to be self-directed. Unstructured time leads to statements of boredom, extra snack requests, and may even result in challenging behavior.
By now, many of us have been home, engaging in social isolation, for approximately three weeks. At the moment, I bet you are starting to run out of ways to keep your children engaged.
One activity you can introduce is a scavenger hunt!
Scavenger hunts are not only fun, but they also teach a variety of skills, including working memory, scanning, and visual discrimination. Additionally, scavenger hunts increase problem-solving ability, promote teamwork, and are customizable to any age or ability.
Are you struggling to get your children outside, or even finding it difficult to keep them engaged on a rainy day? If so, grab this FREE Printable Scavenger Hunt.
It comes in two levels, picture-supported for younger children, and descriptive statements for older children.
I Spy activities build similar skills as scavenger hunts.
If you are looking for another independent indoor activity, check out these I Spy Mats.
This resource contains four I Spy mats and 12 picture hunt cards. Each set of cards and mats has color-coded borders to help identify which go with which.
Categories include toys, food, plants, things in the sky, fruits and veggies, school tools, buildings, kids, household items, bugs, animals, and vehicles.
Children can mark these sheets in a variety of ways. For printed, I Spy Mats, use small rocks, coins, or bingo chips to cover the items once found. Otherwise, if the sheets are laminated or placed in a plastic sheet protector, children may use a dry erase marker or BINGO dobber.
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