Have you heard about Geocaching? It’s a fun way to find an adventure that closely resembles a treasure hunt! It’s perfect for homeschool families looking for some excitement. Younger and older children will all appreciate the reprieve from school books, and this gives you a perfect reason to head outside into the fresh air! Check out these free geocaching journal printables for your kids to enjoy.
What is geocaching?
This is not your regular scavenger hunt. Geocaching is a real world treasure hunt using Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled devices. This global treasure hunt sets out the field for people to use their GPS devices to find caches or hidden stashes of varying objects.
How does geocaching work?
Caches are hidden all over the globe by geocachers then logged in by them on a Geocache website or smartphone GPS app. Caches also include a log to sign and are sometimes called “swag.”
Usually, “swag” can be homemade trinkets or anything small and inexpensive. People find the swag and replace it with their own swag to leave behind for another geocacher.
However, there are also larger caches (swag). They are sized from micro to large. A fun swag is also rated based on the level of difficulty from beginner to expert.
Where are the geocaches and how can you find them?
Geocaches can be found, literally, around the world. Head over to the Geocachign.com website to find geocaches in any area you are in around the globe. There are thousands of different types of geocaches to find.
They can be hidden in public places or landowners can give permission for people to hide them on private property as well. They are hidden well enough that not just anyone can find them.
Why should you try geocaching as a homeschool activity?
Kids tend to have entertainment laid out for them. Geocaching is quite truly a homeschooling geocaching adventure. It gets kids out and exploring, eager to find a real word treasure.
Geocaches are a great way of helping homeschool kids around the world to think outside of the box in their learning. There is a swarm of things kids can get from geocaching in your homeschool.
Students can practice their mapping skills, have a hands-on activity, make crafts for geocaching, learn about history from local areas, and much more. Geocaching is also a wonderful addition to any nature or geography unit study.
Free Geocaching Journal Printables
Printable Geocache Log Sheets – This resource has 10 different printable file log sheets, geocache stash note, and more in both PDF and Microsoft Word versions. There are also some geocaching sheets in PNG format.
Geocache Printables, Geocache Signs, and More – Recycling is a little thing we can do for the environment. These geocache printable signs and log pages also come with some recycling container ideas for your kids.
Geocaching Journal Printables and License – These geocache journal printables include a geocaching observation sheet, geocaching log, and journaling page. Also, grab print the geocaching license to add to your journal.
Downloadable Geocache Adventure Log Sheets and Notebook Cover – Help your kids keep track of their geocache excursions. Grab these journal pages and notebook cover so kids log adventures of their very own.
Instructions and Free Journal Geocache Page – Get some more information about how to get started with geocaching with kids. Grab the journal page to geocache during your next road trip.
Logbook Generator for Geocaching – Log book templates are pretty handy and many out there are exactly what you need. However, also try checking out this special template geocaching generator with different designs to choose from.
Free Geocaching Achievement Certificate – There is a free version in PDF format for you to grant your kids once they do well with geocaching activities. Kids will enjoy receiving a geocaching certificate for their achievement.
Explorer Guide Free Geocaching Printables – This free Explorer Guide comes with fun writing prompts and questions to help kids engage with the environment around them. The kit includes free geocache and GPS trackable ladybug with the guide.
Start off small. Provide your students with scavenger hunts from a young age. Use scavenger hunts for field trips until your kids are ready for some super cool geocaching adventures.
There are plenty of sites for geocaching with your family. You can start with Geocaching4Kids, Bible Geocaching for Preteens, and Geocaching.com. You can also check out this list to find the best geocache smartphone app for your family.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!