Are you trying to find something simple, fun, and educational to do with your children this summer? Here’s something you can do in or outside of your home that’s great for your children, and their friends! A scavenger hunt!
There are a few things you'll need to do to create a successful hunt:
1. Determine where you’ll stage the hunt.
There are different types of scavenger hunts: indoor, backyard or neighborhood hunts, or a photo-based hunt. You can increase the difficulty level of the hunt, depending on the child's age and still level.
Determine the type of hunt that is right for you and the child.
2. Create or print out clues.
If the child is older, a riddle or photo/map based scavenger hunt may be in order. Here is an example of a scavenger hunt with household items!
The scavenger hunt should include hints that require some thinking. Rhyming clues have built-in appeal for kids! For example: make a list that includes things like “Find something that rhymes with ‘took’”. You can make a version for preschoolers with pictures that you draw or print out, or you can write letters of the alphabet on pieces of painters tape with the single object of finding them all and putting them in alphabetical order!
3. Have Fun!
If you're in the house with kids eager to have some fun, and you’re trying to avoid
summer slide, try a classic treasure hunt or scavenger hunt that's fun and gets them moving. Create a clue to find a location or item, then have another clue waiting at that spot. That tip leads to the next spot, and so on. Place a treasure, such as a toy or treat, at the final destination. This self-directed activity empowers the child to complete a task on their own (or cooperatively if playing with others). At the same time, the child learns about sequencing, which is the importance of following steps in order.