Over the weekend, my youngest son asked to go on a scavenger hunt. It is already the middle of October and we hadn't been on one yet, so of course (and because I love hiking) I said "yes"! But I wanted this "scavenger hunt" to be different. I love watching my boys find treasure in God's beautiful woods. I, also, wanted them to learn to find treasure in God's Word. So, for every "treasure" they found, I had a corresponding verse to be read before they marked it off their list. They loved this and it opened up great, teachable moments as we discussed what these verses meant as we hiked along the trails. If you are looking for something more than just a scavenger hunt, I share below how I added bible verses to ours. Use the verses and items I list at the end of the post, or come up with your own! You won't regret spending an afternoon seeking treasures with your kids - not only treasures in nature but in God's Word too!
1. I punched out tags using a paper puncher I already had on hand. You could use round or square punches too. Or, if you don't have any paper punches, just cut some shapes out. I used three different colors of cardstock to go along with the "fall" theme. You can use any colors you want or only a single color if you choose.
2. Next, I punched holes in each tag.
3. Then I wrote each item on the list on one side of the punched out tags. You can have as little or as many items for your hunt as you like! I choose to have 15 items for my boys to look for.
4. On the reverse side of each tag, I wrote the corresponding verse. I underlined the word in each verse that was on their list to find. After they were all done I attached them to a metal ring. I already had one at home but these can be found at any craft store.
5. Finally, I wrote all the items on a brown paper bag for each of my boys. I put a check box next to the item and added a little autumn leaf washi tape at the top for fun! Then we were ready to go!
As soon as we got on the trails the boys couldn't wait to start finding and checking off the items they were to find. Their excitement upon finding each treasure was so precious, but the way the eagerly wanted to know the verse that went along with it melted this mother's heart. They will look back and remember the seeds, pinecones, and rocks. But the real treasure was in the simple conversations about our great, big God and how He can be seen in every moment of our lives. Check out my list of items and verses. Use these or create your own items/verses. The truth is, I was doing this for my kids, but the reminders of these beautiful verses was a blessing to me as well.
Fall Scavenger Hunt with Bible Verses:
~ Something you think is a treasure Matthew 6:21
~ A Flower Isaiah:40:8
~ Something Heart-shaped Proverbs 3:5
~ 2 Kinds of seeds Matthew 17:20
~ Dirt Genesis 2:7
~ Something Beautiful Psalm 139:14
~ A Rock 2 Samuel 22:3
~ A Feather Psalm 91:4
~ A stick Proverbs 18:24
~ Something Straight Proverbs 3:6
~ An Bird Matthew 10:29-31
~ Something Broken Psalm 34:18
~ A Pine Cone or Something Rough (for rough times) Philippians 4:13
~ A Weed Matthew 13:30
~ 2 Different Types of Leaves Proverbs 11:28
I hope this inspires you to try this with your own kids! I'd love to hear what other items/verses you add to your scavenger hunt!
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