There are a lot of fun ideas for outdoor birthday party activities out there, but not all of them work for all seasons. My daughters were both born in February, which rules out any warm weather activities for their parties, and since we usually can’t count on snow, traditional winter sports are not really an option.
So when it comes to outdoor birthday activities I’ve simply had to get creative. Some years we’ve done a scavenger hunt and last year we did a treasure hunt. This year, however, I decided that the time was ripe to introduce a fun outdoor family activity from my native country, Sweden. Called a tipspromenad in Swedish, it’s maybe best described as a “quiz walk” – basically a set of questions that are placed along a marked trail. Whoever gets the most questions right usually wins a small prize. Some of the walks are geared toward adults and others are geared toward children
The questions can be about anything, but for the Big Naturalist’s 7th birthday I made one that was nature-themed. The trick is to make sure that the questions are age-appropriate – you want to make sure that there are some questions that they’ll almost certainly know, as well as some more challenging ones!
I’ve included a free printable for a nature quiz that is suitable for grades K-2, but you can always make your own questions to customize the activity for other ages.
How to do it:
- Print out the nature quiz here – or make your own. The first page is the one that the kids will use to fill out their answers, so print one copy for each child at the party.
- Place the questions along a nature trail, around the neighborhood, or even your backyard. If you cover a large area, tie bright-colored ribbons on trees to mark the trail – the kids will love following them to the next question!
- Make sure to prepare a tiebreaker question at the end of the trail. This could be as simple as placing a large number of beans or seeds in a glass jar and let the kids guess how many are in it. The question should be difficult enough that you’re unlikely to get the same answer from any two children.
- Go! Depending on your location, older children can go by themselves but younger ones may need help from an adult.
- After everybody is done, gather the answer sheets and check them, using the last page of the printable. Alternatively, have the kids exchange their answer sheet with a friend and let them take part in the correction process.
- Go through the correct answers with the kids and give a prize to the winner.
Outdoor Play Party
At the last Outdoor Play Party I loved reading about Wild Family Fun’s Forest School day, which featured a lot of inspiring photos of classic childhood fun. I think I might have some forest school envy!
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