As a kid, I loved scavenger hunts. My mom organized one in our neighborhood for my eighth birthday or so. It was so fun to run from house to house, begging neighbors for everyday objects. That’s why an article in the April 2011 issue of my Parenting Early Years magazine subscription appealed to me. Editors give tips on how to hold three different types of games for your kids. It’s a great activity for a birthday party or just a fun get-together to celebrate some beautiful spring weather.
- I Spy: For the younger ones in your group, a walking version of “I Spy” helps identify colors and shapes. Instead of collecting items, participants find concepts on a list–a red octagon, a purple rectangle, a brown triangle. Use photos for the list instead of words, set a deadline and appoint one adult per group.
- Environmental Hunt: Send your groups to the park to find things like a yellow flower, a Y-shaped stick or five acorns. Kids will learn colors and counting while enjoying some nature.
- Old-fashioned Hunt: If you have older kids (and cooperative neighbors) send them out for the old-fashioned kind of hunt. Have each team collect everyday items like paper-clips, pennies and sandwich bags.