The great thing about scavenger hunts is that you don’t have to spend time thinking of, making and hiding clues – the kids will be searching for things that already exist using their observation and teamwork skills. You can turn almost any event into a scavenger hunt to add an element of competition, urgency and excitement!
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Taking photos of the items instead of collecting them can make your scavenger hunt more exciting and make the fun last longer. For example, if you include ‘someone dressed as a fairy’ on the list, you can watch the kids rush around to make a makeshift fairy costume.
- List of items to find
Split your group into two teams and give them a list of items to find. They can either race against each other or against a set time limit – a solo scavenger hunt is just as exciting when battling the clock.
Decide whether the items should be collected, photographed or simply ticked off the list once found. Once you hand out the lists, you’ll lose their attention, so explain your rules first!
The lists should include things that can be found in the environment you’re in. Try and think of things from different rooms but mix them up on the list. If you use small items it means they can collect them in a bag to compare booty with the other team at the end.
The player or team who finds everything on the list first or finds the most items before the time is up wins.