How to Play: Scavenger Hunt

• Ages six and up
• Six or more players needed
Materials needed: for each team a list of things to find and a shopping bag
• Outdoor activity
• Competitive

How to Play

• Divide the children into teams of three to four children each.
• Give each team a list (all the lists are the same), and tell the teams where they can go to find the objects.
• Create whatever boundaries are necessary for safety. Each team gets a separate territory.
• Give the children a time limit (15-30 minutes depending on the space and age), and be sure one member of each team has a watch or will be in charge of asking the time.
• You can assign an adult to each team if needed.
• The team that finds the most items on the list in the allotted time wins.

When making up the lists, include things the children stand a good chance of finding. For a neighborhood, some suggestions are a canceled stamp, a cookie, a straw, a rubber band, a penny dated in a particular decade (before the kids were born, or perhaps have them find one in the year the birthday child was born), the Sunday comics, a toothpick. For a rural area or a park, some suggestions are a pinecone, a worm, a bug, a white rock, something red, a feather.

Variations: Change the name of the game to suit the theme of the party: Leaf Scavenger Hunt for an Autumn party, Beach Scavenger Hunt for a Beach party, and so on.

Note: Please have an adult travel with each group if they will be going to neighbors' homes.


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