How to Devise a Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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How to Devise a Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Devise a Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Kids love a good hunt - and this kind is limited only by your imagination.

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Things you need

  • Crayons
  • Prizes
  • Felt-tip Pens
  • Notebooks
  • Pads Of Paper
  • Paper Bags
  • Paper bags

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  1. 1

    Divide the kids into even teams.

  2. 2

    Give each team a notebook, felt-tip pens or crayons, and a list of items to collect or to find and draw.

  3. 3

    Limit the game to a room, a building, a park or a playground.

  4. 4

    Assign each item a point value.

  5. 5

    Make it theme-oriented or random.

  6. 6

    Have them find just red items or things that are used by a farmer. Or have them bring an adult's shoe, a candle and a drawing of the tree farthest from the starting point.

  7. 7

    Give alternatives for some items. For example, a picture of the house across the street may be worth 1 point, and a drawing of the car parked in front of it could be worth another point.

  8. 8

    Stipulate that each team member must draw at least one thing.

  9. 9

    Set a time limit.

  10. 10

    Tally the points. The team with the most points wins.

  11. 11

    Award prizes - candy, a pizza party, a popcorn party or whatever you like.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember, you can have more than two teams. Smaller teams are more fun.
  • Have each team find different things or just some of the same items. They may run into each other on their quests.
  • Scavenger hunts for many topics are available on the Web if you'd like to have a hunt in a classroom environment.
  • Children should be accompanied by an adult if visiting neighborhood homes for the hunt.

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