Scavenger hunt games are fun to play at any age, but guests at an 8-year-old's birthday party probably will go wild over the idea. Scavenger hunts can be tailored to anyone's interests or ideas and can be done using bags to collect the items or by providing cameras to the kids to take pictures of each item if they are large or can't be moved.
Tailor your 8-year-old's birthday scavenger hunt to his birthday theme. For a bug themed birthday, have the kids go on a bug hunt and give them magnifying glasses and bug catchers as part of their favours to help them with their scavenger hunt. Write down at least five local species of bugs for them to find such as a ladybug, rolly polly, worm, ant and daddy long leg spider and send them outside to search for them.
A nature scavenger hunt is easy to put together. It requires nothing but a list from you, but the kids will be running around like crazy trying to find all the items. Put as many items on the list as you think they can find in 20 minutes. Some easy nature items to find, suggested by BirthdayPartyIdeas4kids.com, include twigs, rocks, blade of grass, "something faster than a snail" and leaves. You can tailor the search to what is in your backyard or nearby park.
A scavenger hunt is hard to pull off on a rainy day but not impossible. Ask party guests--or teams of guests--to find eight household items such as spoons, bath towels or pictures frames or hide specific items for the kids to find. Or let the birthday boy choose the items. If you opt to hide items, have other adults at the party help by hiding items and then standing throughout the house to give the kids clues on where to find items (if they need assistance). Limit the search to 15 to 20 minutes.
A scavenger hunt can include another activity to enhance the entertainment. For example, if your daughter enjoys playing with Barbies, consider pairing a hunt with her favourite toy. Divide the party guests into two teams and have them look for eight Barbie outfits each to dress the dolls in. If your daughter doesn't have eight Barbie dolls, have the girls layer the outfits on the available dolls. Or ask each team to dress a doll in one outfit after another; the team that has put all eight outfits on first wins.
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