This scavenger hunt game is great for kids because it:
1) gives them a chance to run around and het their ya-yas out,
2) teaches them how a checklist works,
3) gives a sense of self-confidence when an item is found,
4) for kids learning to read, it's a fun way to learn new words,
and most importantly,
5) everyone wins!
We played this scavenger hunt game at Mia's 6th birthday last summer, but it's a game that can be done any time of year. With Autumn here, there's even more reason to get outside and hunt for nature's treasures in your yard, at the park, or in a nearby forest. And if the weather won't cooperate, you can play this game right in your own living room!
The Scavenger Hunt Game
You can draw pictograms of the items, or take pictures, print them out and stick them on a piece of paper. If the kids are learning to read, write the name of each item next to the picture or drawing!
Be sure to make room for kids to write their names at the top, and include a check box after each item!
Tip: Keep it simple, and choose items that are in plain sight!
We used those little plastic buckets that yoghurt comes in, covered with aluminum foil. A basket, or a bag works too!
Tip: Be sure to write each kid's name on the bag/bucket/basket to avoid confusion later!
Tip: I recommend not using a marker, because kids tend to make boo-boos, and might want to correct a mistake (like checking the wrong box by accident). Also, markers can stain and the temptation to color the side of your house might be too great to resist...
Sure, you can buy those plastic ready-made medals at the store. Or, you can make your own! It's so easy!
I cut circles out of cardboard (cereal boxes), and covered each one in aluminum foil.
Tip: Use a glass or a bowl to trace around for the perfect circle.
Then, I cut out a big red "#1" and pasted it on the front.
I cut a 2 foot/70cm length of big fat shiny ribbon and attached it to the back.
It was so great because every kid won on so many levels!
They gained a new experience, got to take their items home with them, and most likely learned something! Although a scavenger hunt is a 'solo game', each kid will probably help each other out, which is so good to see happen. Super fun for a party, or a dull Sunday afternoon!