Scavenger Hunting

Scavenger hunting is an awesome way to spend an afternoon. A scavenger hunt is a game where competing teams are provided with a list of items to be collected. The team that finishes first is declared the winner and there is usually a prize.

Scavenger Hunting

As you plan a scavenger hunt, keep in mind the age of the group, experience, and of course safety. What’s great about scavenger hunts is that you can create create it to fit the participants.  It’s a versatile game.

For preschooler age kids, short and simple is key. The scavenger hunt can be that kids follow clues to collect items like puzzle pieces. Hide the items around the house and allow the kids to put it together, once all the pieces have been found.

For preteens, more challenging items that are brain teasers to find will make for a successful hunt. Riddles and hard to recognize items are best for this age. For example, they could search for items that start with each alphabet letter.  Some letter will be easy but when they get to X and Z, it will get tough.

Teen scavenger hunts require a little more thought as their attention is harder to retain.  For example, a scavenger hunt using the internet, photography, your town can capture their interest.

For example, you could have them take pictures of specific actions – like jump, dance, sleep, a squirrel running up a tree etc.

For more scavenger hunt ideas, visit the Scavenger Hunt Guru.

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Article By Nuria Almeida

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