I present: evidence that I truly cannot draw! Also that I have no shame: My partner joked that I should offer a reward to anyone who can correctly identify all the items on this list. I told him to draw his own, then, which more or less shut him up.
My four-year-old Noah, a more forgiving art critic, loved taking this scavenger hunt (folded in half “for privacy”) and an IKEA pencil on walks around our neighborhood. His sense of purpose and pleasure are the point of this exercise, after all. You see, Noah had been getting fussy sometimes during our family walks, especially if he wasn’t walking our dog. It took a while, but finally it occurred to me that he’s sometimes excluded from our conversations.
The adults are just so just much taller than him: it’s hard to hear each other if it’s noisy outside. And during busy periods, we tend to start planning out the week or taking care of other deeply boring grown-up business on long walks, since we sometimes have very little other talking time together. He was therefore, quite reasonably, getting bored and probably a little lonely.
The scavenger hunt is something he can carry and do. (The amusingly bad drawings are because he couldn’t read yet when I made it up, as well as because no one in our house can draw for shit.) It’s also something we all do together, watching out for the stuff on the list and very seriously determining whether various sightings “count.” I scanned it because he was worried about it getting rained on or otherwise messed up, and then I figured, hey, why not post it online so everyone can enjoy this excellent idea?
How do you make family outings and walks even more fun for your young children?