A color scavenger hunt is a great activity to do on a nature walk. Just use markers or crayons to write the color words on a piece of paper. This way kids will be able “read” if they know their colors. Then grab the paper and a bag for your treasures, and you’re ready! Try a color scavenger hunt on a walk around the block, at the park, or in your backyard. Show toddlers how to compare the object with the color word to see if a leaf is more red or orange. Elementary kids who already know their colors can still learn with this activity. Have them write the color words on their own. Then they can race each other (or a timer) to see who can complete the scavenger hunt first! Try the scavenger hunt again in a different season to see how the colors and items change.
If it is too cold for a nature walk, you can also have a color scavenger hunt inside. Warning: this could make a mess. I’d do it when toys are already scattered across the floor. You might as well sort them by color before you put them away, right? This time I used construction paper to match the colors.