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Daycare fun activity scavenger hunt

A really fun adventure we did in daycare was this scavenger hunt. The set up took a little time but was so worth it. My preschoolers had a great time. We did this activity during our pirate themed week, but can be done any day when you need to get outside.
So here's what I did. First I created this map of my neighborhood. We walk around the block this same way quite often. I printed some pictures of google pictures of things we could find on our walk. I started us out at our mailbox which happens to look like a school bus. To the left of our house we always have to past the boat in my neighbors driveway, so that was the next picture I printed out. At the corner right before we turn is my neighbor that has a cool play structure. My kids always talk about this so I knew we had to include it. Next we have to walk by some junipers bushes, so as you can guess that was the next picture I printed out. I included some other recognizable items in our neighborhood and printed out pictures …
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