Patterns in Nature Scavenger Hunt (+ printable)

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“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.”
– William Wordsworth

As humans, we tend to look for similarities amongst the things in our world.  Perhaps it is a way to help us make sense of such diversity.  Helps us understand how everything is connected and where we fit in.  We love to find patterns, don’t we?  Children are no different.

Playful Learning’s family workshop, Backyard Science Investigations, beautifully explains the stages of engaging with nature that children experience and how important it is for children to be able to make connections between the things in their world.   Patterns are everywhere in nature.  They inspire curiosity and lead to scientific, mathematical and artistic investigations from the very basic to the advanced.  A variety of patterns can be found in the nature right in your own backyard, waiting to be explored.

Finding Patterns in Nature

If you would like to explore nature’s patterns with your child, reading some books together is a great place to start.  Here are some of my favorites:

Once your child has had an introduction to different types of patterns, head outside with this scavenger hunt (see below) and see what you can find.  Note: I have provided two different types of spirals here.  For young children who will just want to explore spirals in general.


You may also like to bring your camera along to capture the specific examples you and your child find.  Your photos can then serve as inspiration for further exploration, art projects, or an entry in a nature journal.

Finding Patterns in Nature

Just be warned, once you start noticing patterns it’s hard to stop!



Monique Barker is an empowered mama, homeschooling superstar, and Early Intervention Specialist. Sharing her love of nature and healthy living keeps Monique creating rich learning experiences for students around the world. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine and a Counseling Certification from the University of New England. When she’s not mothering her three lovelies, Monique enjoys hiking, getting crafty, long days at the beach, and quiet time with her husband and cat at their home in Maine. You can enjoy more of her work over at, Green Acorns.



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  1. I adore this idea! Thank you for sharing and for the awesome printable!

    I’m also excited for Mariah and keep voting for Playful Learning in the Martha Stewart America Made comp!

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