I think these scavenger hunts could be enjoyed by groups of adult friends too!
Warm or cold weather, there’s nothing more entertaining for kids than taking part in a scavenger hunt. And they’re great activities for babysitters to do with kids and can be fun for birthday parties.
“Scavenger hunts teach children to open their eyes to their environment,” Alyson Schafer, a parenting expert and best-selling author, says. “It helps them learn to be creative thinkers and problem solvers. It develops a sense of curiosity and adventure.”
Scavenger hunts can also be a great way to get your kids away from the TV and moving around, says Len Saunders, a health and fitness expert. But he says parents should keep the hunts age- and skill-level appropriate. “If it is too easy, the kids will lose interest right away, so make sure it is a challenge,” Saunders says. “If it is too hard, they may lose interest, so keep it at a level where they will have some degree of success.”
Younger children should stick to familiar homes or your local park, while older kids may have a larger area, like your town, to roam to find all the clues. Play to your kids’ interests and your environment. Set up a hunt for one child or many, but keep in mind that as the group grows, so will the craziness.
Get your creative juices flowing with these eight ideas for out-of-the-box scavenger hunts:
- Nature Hunt
No matter what climate you live in, Schaefer suggests you “take a look around your surroundings and see what your kids could ‘hunt’ for and collect in a basket. “Outside it might be as simple as a twig, bark, stone, acorn.” Use this hunt as an opportunity to educate the children about their surroundings and instill an appreciation for nature.
- Fitness Hunt
This is perfect for the cold weather months when kids can’t be outside playing as much. To organize, Saunders recommends attaching each object with a fitness challenge. “For example, if little Johnny finds a tennis ball — which is on his list — he has to read the note attached, which may say, ‘perform 10 jumping jacks.’” Before moving on, he has to do those jumping jacks.
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