This post was sponsored by Kinder Joy™ but the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
As we make our way through these summer vacation, keeping the kids occupied has been my top priority. When the weather is nice, there’s no better place to be than outside enjoying nature instead of in front of a screen. I gotta keep screen time for those rainy days. Since there’s no shortage of things to find right in your own backyard, a backyard scavenger hunt is a fun way to keep the kids busy on a little picnic, and the kids will have hours of fun. I created this fun backyard scavenger hunt printable that you can print out at home for your own fun family adventure. There’s even a “surprise” section on the scavenger hunt that you can customize and change to fit your family. For our latest adventure, the surprise was a Kinder Joy™ egg for the kids, hidden inside our picnic basket.
Living in New Jersey, we have a wonderful variety of birds, butterflys, flowers and leaves that we can find right in our own backyard. (Don’t worry if your yard isn’t that scenic, you can always head to a local park for the same fun.)
When I was growing up, the entire neighborhood would get together and play outside. Anywhere from 10-20 kids a night would be on our block enjoying the simplest things and using our imagination to play. It was such a fun time and, truthfully, I’m a little sad my kids don’t have that same experience.
Instead, I try to make sure we go outside as much as we can and enjoy the simple things.
My kids love scavenger hunts, so I knew this would be a fun way to keep them entertained all summer long. I kept the scavenger hunt simple enough for my youngest one, yet challenging enough that my oldest wouldn’t get bored helping her.
Hunting for leaves and flowers was easy enough for both of them.
The ants and butterflies required a little more patience, but they had fun working together to find each one.
My favorite part was adding a “surprise” box on there so that every week so that I could add on a mystery item or a special treat for them to find.
They were a little perplexed trying to figure out where the surprise could be, but they were delighted when they opened the picnic basket and saw Kinder Joy™ eggs waiting for them. It was definitely worth it.
I remember the first time I had a Kinder Joy™ egg. A friend brought me one home from abroad and I thought they were the neatest things ever. I mean, candy and a little toy in one treat? That’s the best.
Neither one of my kids has ever seen Kinder Joy™ before, so I’m thrilled that they’re now available nationwide in the U.S.
Now my kids can experience the same joy I did when I was treated to Kinder Joy™.
Kinder Joy™ knows how important it is to bring small moments of joy in unexpected ways. It’s these simple moments that make childhood so magical.
Just like with our backyard scavenger hunt. I didn’t have to spend money on an amusement park trip or something ridiculously expensive for them to have fun. Just the simple fact that we were together, and a picnic in the yard made them beyond happy.
Plus, the surprise of a Kinder Joy™ really made their day.
If you’ve never enjoyed Kinder Joy™ before, let me introduce you! It’s definitely a treat like no other.
There are two separately sealed halves. A treat side with two creamy layers – one milk-crème flavored and one cocoa flavored. Nestled into the creamy layers are two round, chocolate-covered wafer bites that are filled with cocoa cream. There’s even a spoon included to eat it.
The second half has a mystery toy inside that the kids can assemble and play with.
Kinder Joy™ has been sold around the world since 2001 and is sold in 170 countries. Over the past 17 years, more than 3 billion eggs have been sold worldwide!
That’s a lot of eggs! But it’s easy to see why. Kinder Joy™ is a fun way to reward kids for a job well done or a simple treat just because.
Want to have your own backyard scavenger hunt? Just click the picture below to print out the scavenger hunt printable and have some goof old fashioned fun!
What are some fun ways your surprise your kids?