Here are some tips to create the perfect scavenger hunt for your children.
When done right, scavenger hunts are a fun activity that gets the whole family moving together. With proper planning, your clues will excite and amaze your children — creating a fun, family memory that will last a lifetime.
Start at the end of the scavenger hunt — by leaving a prize — and then select the next-to-last location. While at the next-to-last location, write a clue as to where the prize is located. The second-to-last location will have a clue as to where the hunters can find the second-to-last clue, and so on.
Lead the way for younger children by mapping out the scavenger hunt trail. This helps to ensure the kids find the clues instead of getting frustrated or losing interest.
If your child is having a pirate-themed party, make a treasure map or make each clue piece together to form a treasure map. At the end, reward each pirate with a small bag of coins, an eye patch (or other pirate wear) or goodies — like pirate-themed cupcakes.
For larger groups, split the group in half and have them compete against each other to see who can complete the hunt first. It’s best to make it a competition with older kids or with kids who you know will not get upset over the competitiveness.
You don't need a party or big event to hold a scavenger hunt. Turn a day in the park into a family scavenger hunt. Make lists ahead of time, including items you know you'll find at the park, and work as a team to complete the whole list. If you have a large family (and at least two adults along for the trip), split up and see which team finds everything first.
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