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Click HERE to access the file for free so you can print it or use it on your smart phone or tablet.As a teacher and a parent, I know how important it is to work with kids at home and find teachable moments in the every day. I will admit that on a hot Atlanta summer day, I sometimes get in the rut of running errands or sitting at the house watching cartoons when it is just me and the littlest one; but now that the weather is beginning to cool down, we are trying to get outside more and stay active. Last week after dropping Spunk off at school, Sass and I decided to venture to a new local park. When we got there, we realized there wasn't a playground, but there were plenty of walking trails. She decided that she wanted to venture onto the trails without the stroller and explore nature. I was nervous and expected to have to carry her the whole time, but she surprised me. Taking those first big steps down the windy dirt trail, I could tell she was proud of herself. We stopped to listen to the sounds of birds in the trees and crickets in the grass. I pointed out different colors around us, and she even joined in.We walked almost .5 miles before deciding to take the path that led to the car. It was then that I realized we could make these types of adventures into scavenger hunts and possibly hold her attention even longer. So, when we got home I decided to make one. I used basic categories for a preschool/toddler: colors, shapes, size, texture, and made it colorful and fun to look at. I figured I could either print and laminate it, or pull it up on my smart phone. This way, she could be actively looking for things to show me on our walks instead of me always pointing them out and telling her what I see. It will also help her review her colors and descriptive language.