Every trip to the zoo is exciting with all the interesting animals to see…but if you’re a parent who wants to keep the trips from getting repetitive (or you have a birthday/school group to keep entertained) a photo/paper scavenger hunt is a fun activity for kids at the zoo. They’re easy to make and you can alter them depending on age and time available.
- Make a list of animals at the zoo you’re attending (either all of them…or pick and choose some easy and some that they normally would have passed right by) and each child/group must try to take a picture of as many of them as possible
- BONUS: add in some wildlife like squirrels or birds in your area as an extra challenge!
For older age groups or children that want an extra challenge, instead of the actual animals add other things onto your list that will give hints towards what animal they should take a picture of or write down such as:
- Certain foods such as salmon, ants, acacia trees, or honey
- Colours of fur/feathers
- Type of locomotion such as flying, swimming, running, jumping
- What country they are native to
- If their fur changes with the seasons – colour or thickness
- Average amount of young
The options are endless! If you’re with an older group of kids this is great to separate them off into smaller groups for the day. You could have themed prizes or allow them a $5-$10 gift from the gift shop on the way out.
Also if you stipulate that no use of phones is allowed this will encourage everyone to read the info signs and potentially learn even more about the animals they are seeing!