Exercise With a Side of Science

These activities helped me get my son moving during Covid remote school days, so I thought others might find them helpful too. They give you a reason to go out for a walk, and you can do a little science experiment for some added learning.

The 3 Scavenger Hunts on the left are mostly about giving you a goal for your walk. My kids have always preferred to walk “to” someplace instead of just walking for the sake of walking. These lists gave them a goal. The first list is things you might see in most neighborhoods. The Animal scavenger hunt is harder, but might engage some kids more. The road signs one is even harder, but surprised us by being the most fun, and it made us extend our walk as well as walk in new places!

The 3 counting games on the right have the same items to find as the single item lists, with the added learning benefit of doing a little counting and graphing along with the exercise. You can talk afterwards about who found the most of each thing, or even turn it into a mini science experiment by having your kids make predictions ahead of time about which item on the list they think will be seen the most and the least often. When they get the results, they can see if their predictions were correct, or if they have more and better information now after observing and recording their observations.

You can get these for free on Teachers Pay Teachers. If you want to make some new ones of your own, you can use the Custom List or the Count On It Activity.

These work great with a kid-sized clipboard and attached pen:

Lots of printable activities for kids – picture checklists to keep them on track, activities for at the grocery store, in the car, on a plane, at a restaurant, even for your home schooling adventures. Optional kid-sized clipboard and 4-color pen make it easy to use the activities on the go.

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