A Rainbow Treasure Hunt with Twinkl
Freyja loves school. She loves learning. I’m not complaining or anything, but she likes me to find work for her to do in the school holidays. I usually have to mark it for her as well. As a teacher, it feels a little bit like a “busman’s holiday”. However, I LOVE that she has this thirst for learning and don’t want to discourage her at all. I usually go straight to Twinkl as it is packed with loads of great resources suitable from Early Years through to Secondary Schools.
At the start of the summer holiday I browsed few the Twinkl resources to inspire me. I found a great activity! It was suitable for both the girls AND it was something that would get us outside together. It was a Rainbow Treasure Hunt. I printed off a couple of copies – in colour – and then laminated them. I put a strip of double-sided tape next to each colour on the worksheet. Then we set off!
The girls were quick to start finding leaves (green, yellow and brown) in our own front garden and sticking them onto their worksheets. It was nice to see them working individually and choosing their own natural objects to stick on. I did suggest that we try and avoid sticks and pebbles though!
We set off down the footpaths, the girls choosing which was they wanted to go. We were able to find some ripe and unripe blackberries which we tried sticking on. However, we did lose some of them before we got too far though. It was really nice walking the paths that we usually take to go places, without thinking about where we were going. We were all just enjoying the walk and what we were able to discover.
As I said we didn’t have a destination in mind, but we are lucky to have three playgrounds within walking distance. So, no matter which way we walk, we will usually arrive at one. It was such a lovely day that it would have been a waste not to pause the Rainbow Treasure Hunt and let the girls have a play. Before they ran off to the climbing frame, we compared their worksheets so far. It was good to see that although there were some common items, the sheets were noticeably different from each other.
We took a slightly different route on the way back, hoping to find some more objects to add. We chatted about the distinct lack of blues and oranges on the sheets. Freyja and I chatted about what objects we could find that were these colours. It then led into a nice conversation about how these sheets might look if we did it in a different place or different at different times of the year. We talked about different habitats and the seasons. They might not have realised it, but there was lots of learning going on.
The Rainbow Treasure Hunt was such a lovely activity. Both the girls enjoyed looking for objects. It gave us plenty of really natural learning conversations and it was great to be doing something like this outside. It really brightened up a short walk too! If you do have a go at this activity I would recommend laminating the sheets as it made them sturdy enough to collect quite a few objects and stand up to a breeze. I would also suggest you use double-sided tape as we did, rather than taking a glue stick around with you.