Next week starts the Dakota County Fair. This is our favorite fair of the season. Even though we don’t live in Dakota County, growing up the Zweber kids were enrolled in a Dakota County 4-H club (because it was closer). Remember when Samantha won Grand Champion Dairy Cow last year? Tim and I even met at the Dakota County Fair, showing chickens in 4-H over 14 years ago. ahh love
This week, I am going to share with you a great scavenger hunt idea to keep little kids learning while at the fair (any fair).
Minnesota Farm Bureau has a great County Fair Scavenger Hunt Kit (scroll half way down the page). The kit includes posters for many of the species of livestock and a question card for kids to fill out. Even if your fair doesn’t use the posters, you can encourage your kids to ask the farmers at the fair to help them with the questions.
Since my kids are a little younger then the indented age group for the County Fair Scavenger Hunt Kit, I made a BINGO card of each of the animal species.
This way the kids can use crayons or dry erase markers to mark off the animals that we find at the fair. You can slip the crayon inside the sleeve and also use a ribbon or string to tie the sheets to a stroller or wagon. (Trust me, the kids will not want to carry them around). After we find each animal, I will have them ask a farmer the question on the question sheet. (Learning skills in communication and social situations). If you are too shy to ask, you can guess the answers as a family and see who is closest.