A little idea: “garden treasure hunts”

Last week I made this poster on 11×14 paper, with color clipart, and laminated it.

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Then looking at a jigsaw puzzle template online, I scored it into pieces with a ballpoint pen.

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I cut the puzzle into pieces, re-laminated each piece so all of the edges were sealed, and hid them in the garden.  When I took the K students out for afternoon garden class, they hunted for the pieces, returning to the table to fit it together.  I had little rolls of masking tape on the table to help the pieces stay together.

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After we assembled the message, I passed out magnifying glasses and we went looking for signs of fall.

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In the process, we discovered a stick bug.  We made a circle and gently passed it around.

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And then we posed for this picture!  I love how this activity turned out and plan to make a set for each season.  Fun way to end: I gave each student a piece and they re-hid them for my next class—almost as much fun as finding them!

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16 thoughts on “A little idea: “garden treasure hunts”

  1. I can not imagine how contented, loved and steeped in a sense that “all is right with the world”, these youngsters feel when doing this seasonal art outside with a dedicated teacher and peers emersed in the same community work
    Diann

  2. I see those “kindergardeners” and think about their future, and their exposure to outdoor education, science, and diet, and I feel exited and proud to have your program and teaching at our school.
    Mr.C
    (Bella’s pumpkin pie is Chris’ favorite.)

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