Posted: Jul 25 2014
Keeping your children entertained over the summer holidays with fun and creative activities can sometimes be a challenge! Scavenger hunts are the perfect option as they are quick and easy to plan, require minimum supplies and suit a wide range of age groups. You can play them indoors on a rainy day, or outside when the sun is out. It’s a wonderful game to get your kids up and out into the great outdoors - using their minds and using up some energy, too! You can even gather a group of their friends together and turn it into a team activity for their next birthday party!For most games you’ll need:
- A print out of scavenger items
- Pencil or Pen
- A Clipboard or something firm to write on
- A Bag (depending on if the items are to be collected)
- A treat for completing the list (optional)
Here are a selection of scavenger hunt ideas to inspire you:
Indoor Scavenger Hunt This is great to play on rainy days and doesn’t need to be played in teams if you have just one or two kids. Write a list of random items that can be found in your home and give them a small bag to collect them all.
Here’s a sample list of a few items you can add to your list:
- Paper clips
- A hair brush
- A torch
On-the-Go Scavenger Hunt This is a good game to occupy children on long car journeys, or if you find yourself waiting around for long periods of time e.g. at the airport. As long as you have a piece of paper and something to write with you can quickly make up a list of items you’d most likely see.
If you’re taking a long car journey, you can pre-print the list before leaving. Write a different list for each child taking part in this particular game.
For times you are stuck waiting - an on the spot people watching game, you can choose items such as:
- Red shoes
- Baseball cap
- Man with glasses
Photo or Picture Scavenger Hunt For older children that can operate a camera, this is perfect for getting them outside into the fresh air and off the computer. The location is completely up to you and it goes without saying that so are the items.
If it’s a nearby park, your items may be:
- A dog playing catch
- A bird
- A squirrel
- A child in a pushchair
For smaller ones, you can get them to draw their items instead of taking a photo.
Nature Scavenger Hunt This would be a great game to take along with you on your next camping trip or even to a local park. Just pre-print your list and have it ready to go. You may want to research what kinds of flora and fauna are in the local area before creating your it.
Here’s a sample list:
- A dandelion
- Small twig
- An oak leave
Crawly Critters Scavenger Hunt Another great game that will get your little ones out into the fresh air. Pick out some common bugs that can be found in your area. When you find one, you can tick it off your list.
Some examples of what you might put on your list:
We hope that we've given you some ideas to keep your little ones amused over the coming weeks. Do you have anymore scavenger hunt ideas? Please leave a comment, we'd love to hear from you.