Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cootie Catcher

My kids LOVE making "cootie catchers"! You know, those little paper origami things that you used to make in the third or fourth grade.  Well, my boys especially love them and make them all the time. They have fun coming up with different "fortunes" to write down on them and then pass them out to their friends as little gifts.
 Anyway, today I surprised my kids by making my own version of a "cootie catcher" !
{I had seen this idea online somewhere, but can't remember where...}
I loaded everyone up in the van and told them we were going on a nature scavenger hunt
...using a..."cootie catcher" 
They were intrigued and couldn't wait to see what was in store.
We headed down to the path in our neighborhood and before jumping out of the car, I explained the rules of the game.
Instead of silly fortunes on the cootie catcher, I had written down directions for our nature hunt.

Every one took turns playing on the cootie catcher and then had to complete the direction given at the end.
Some of the things they had to do were...
Hug a tree

Find something that in nature that starts with the same first letter as their name
 Look under a rock

Find something that smells
Find TWO leaves that look similar

Take 35 steps and find a flower
Take 65 steps and find an insect
You get the idea;)
The possibilities you could include were endless...
 but so was the fun;)


Courtney said...

What a fun idea! Miss Sophie looks like she really got into it!

Meg said...

You are sooo fun and clever! What a fabulous mommy you are!!

Cyndi J said...

The plant/vine that Sophie is touching looks to me like it is poison Ivy.
I sure hope not because it looks like she was having loads of fun !

Melanie said...

What a GREAT idea! I love it & what fun! I see some evidence of the mud puddle Sophie got acquainted with along the way!