Putting together a scavenger hunt would be a great idea to keep everyone entertained for a while. Not only the kids, but also the adults too. If you include items that they are sure to be able to find, although they may have to look hard, it makes them a lot of fun and entertaining for all ages.
This is also a great activity to do in the during each of the four seasons, because you will find a completely different variety of items. The kids will be able to find more leaves and acorns in the Fall, and in the Spring they will find more blooming flowers and green plants, in the Winter they may find icecles depending on where you live, in the Summer they can find rollie-pollies.
I love these type of activities for kids, it gets them outside having fun, instead of sitting in front of the television, on the computer or on a phone.
A scavenger hunt is a challenge for children. Believe it or not, children love a challenge and usually they will over exceed our expectations. I will give my daughter a challenge, 9 times out of 10 she will blow me away with how well she does at the challenge. Not that I do not think she is capable of completing it, she just does above and beyond and I realize I need to make them a little harder sometimes.
You can have the children compete to see who can find everything first, or you can make it a scavenger hunt that could be used as a team effort challenge to enforce team building skills.
Let your imagination run wild. One of my favorite things about scavenger hunts is you can create them how ever you want, customize them to best fit your children and/or family!
If you plan to do scavenger hunts often, I would recommend laminating a few after you print them out. This way they can be used over and over. You can also buy a package(or a few depending on how many you will need, of course) of dry erase markers. I buy them at the dollar store, 2-pack for a dollar, can’t beat it.
I like to change the scavenger hunts up as the seasons change but a few items that are usually always on our scavenger hunts are…
trash (always a great way to get help picking up any trash)
You can add as many items to your scavenger hunt as you like, the more items there are, the longer it entertains your children and whom ever else chooses to participate!
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