Kids scavenger treasure hunt simple to organise
Kids can have scavenger treasure hunt game anywhere
Scavenger treasure hunt is a game that can be played in the house, garden, park or even on the beach. In fact they are great for many occasions either as a simple children’s game to play or for any family occasion. they are also a great way to keep children happy and occupied around Christmas and Easter – when the adults may just want a few minutes to themselves.
The advantage of a “scavenger” treasure hunt
The one advantage that a scavenger hunt has over a treasure hunts is that you don’t need to run round hiding clues. With a kids scavenger hunt you just have to think of items the children can “scavenge” for.
All you need to do is give them the list of items they need to find and they then bring the items back to you. Or if you prefer they take you and show them to you. (This would be more appropriate for a “nature scavenger hunt”).
Even small children can play a scavenger hunt game. The key here is to keep it small and simple. Not too many clues and not too large a place to wonder.
Also keep in mind that the younger the children, the more supervision and boundaries as to where they are able to search for clues must be put in place at the beginning of the scavenger treasure hunt.
Alternatives to clues
If thinking of the clues is the problem and not the hiding of them is the challenge, try hiding items, like a few toys or simply pieces of paper or foil in the garden or house for the kids to search for. Alternatively use photos or cut pictures out of magazines. A prize at the end of the scavenger treasure hunt is of course the treasure.
With young children let them choose which toys they want to hide and search for.
For older children and when you haven’t time to think or place clues or a trail anywhere, suggest they find things beginning with letters in the alphabet. A word of warning, do stipulate the size of objects that can be scavenged. It may cause some raised eyebrows when Dad’s toolbox gets raided or a lawnmower is dragged out of the shed.
Simple scavenger hunt clues for kids could consist of:
- round stone
- pink flower
- empty flower pot
- pink petal.
A scavenger hunt in the house, might consist of:
- cotton reel
- tape measure
All you really need to do is look at the environment where the scavenger hunt is going to take place and write a list of items or clues the kids need to find.
An activity to have up your sleeve
For older children setting a time they need to complete the hunt by and adding a reward or “treasure”, adds an air of excitement to the game too.
Kids scavenger hunts are really good fun, pretty much free and can be played in different places and times. It is definitely one children’s activity a busy mum should keep up her sleeve.