Activity: Scavenger Hunt

by Jadwiga O'Brien on May 12, 2011

Kids going out on a scavenger hunt Indoor or Outdoor: Both

Number of Players: 2 – as many as you want!

You’ll need:

  • A list of items to find or tasks to do (This can either be written up by someone, or ready-made ones can be found on the internet.)
  • A bag to collect the items in.

Time needed: Depends on the number of items on your list and where you decide to do the hunt. Can be as short as 5mins.

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Did you know?!

In the University of Chicago, they run a 4 day scavenger hunt with a list of 300 items to find. Once, one of these “items” was a live elephant!

How to Play

  • You can either play individually or in teams.
  • The aim is to find every item on the list.
  • Items should not be things you have to pay for or are dangerous.
  • Each item can be worth points depending on how hard they are to find.
  • As well as finding items, players may also have to complete tasks.
  • The winning team or player is the one with the most points or items found.
  • The game can either go on until all items are found or according to a time limit.
  • Make sure you put everything back where you found them.

Click here for a sample scavenger hunt.

Other theme ideas/variations:

Rather than going around collecting items, use a camera to take pictures of them instead. Have everything prepared so that you’re sure that most of the things on the list are around.

Themes:

  • Seaside (shells, seaweed etc.)
  • Nature (leaves, insects)Toys (dolls, dice)
  • Colours (something red, something green and white)
  • Words (look in books/magazine for the word “giraffe”)
  • Shapes (something round, something square)
  • All drawing (draw the list of items)
  • Magazine pictures (e.g. find a picture of a person cooking)

Have you ever organised a scavenger hunt? Why not share your tips in our comments box below.

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