Nature Scavenger Hunt: FREE Printable With Popular Critters.

Toddler looking at Nature Scavenger Hunt

4-Page Nature Scavenger Hunt with 40+ Species and Vibrant Images.

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If given the choice between screen time and going outside, my 3-year-old would choose going outside every time. She loves spotting animals and hunting for bugs, which is why I created a scavenger hunt with 48 species to identify.

On walks around our home, we frequently see fish, tadpoles, frogs, turtles, herons/egrets, geese, ducks, coyotes, bunnies, squirrels, chipmunks, mice, Blue Jays, Cardinals, hawks, racoons, opossums, and a plethora of different insects – some much bigger than I care to encounter. But my daughter loves them all.

The western suburbs of Chicago are jam-packed with forest preserves and plenty of other places to enjoy the beauty of nature, a lot of which I detail in my other blog post, Outdoor Locations To Visit With Toddlers.

Please download the FREE 4-page Nature Scavenger Hunt located below and use it as an aid when visiting the locations listed in that blog post, as well as anywhere else outdoors.

MAMMALs listed on page 1:

  1. Squirrel
  2. Chipmunk
  3. Deer
  4. Coyote
  5. Racoon
  6. Opossum
  7. Red Fox
  8. Rabbit
  9. Mouse
  10. Skunk
  11. Groundhog
  12. Badger

BUGS & INSECTS listed on page 2:

  1. Ant
  2. Wasp
  3. Monarch Butterfly
  4. Fly
  5. Bumble Bee
  6. Cicada
  7. Grasshopper
  8. Katydid
  9. Cricket
  10. Spider
  11. Moth
  12. Earthworm

POND & LAKE DWELLERS listed on page 3:

  1. Frog
  2. Tadpole
  3. Turtle
  4. Fish
  5. Crawfish
  6. Snail
  7. Common Watersnake
  8. Beaver
  9. Heron
  10. Goose
  11. Duck
  12. Dragonfly

BIRDS listed on page 4:

  1. Cardinal
  2. Blue jay
  3. Red-winged Blackbird
  4. Sparrow
  5. Pigeon
  6. Crow
  7. Robin
  8. Hawk
  9. Bald eagle
  10. Dark-eyed junco
  11. American Goldfinch
  12. Hummingbird

Some other fun tools to help you on your quest to discover creatures outdoors:

Have you spotted any of the creatures on this list? Let me know in the comments below!

Hi! I'm Kim.

A Registered Nurse turned stay-at-home mom to one lively little girl. I created this blog to share all things motherhood with an emphasis on the dynamic of parenting a single child. As this blog grows, you’ll find the occasional heart-tugging post but much more regarding fun things to do with a toddler in the Chicagoland area, tips and tricks for traveling with a toddler, my favorite products for babies and toddlers – especially those that I’ve found to be petite friendly. And last but not least, all the best places to grab a delicious margarita during mommy downtime.

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