JMJ106 *In groups of four buddies each, the kids ran off in different directions with their checklists in hand. Adults and older kids were posted in different areas of the park for safety’s sake and also to help fulfill the scavenger hunt tasks. What fun! Lucky Melissa and her team won first place.
Ring the School Bell 106/180 Days
Our homeschool Valentines party was serious fun this year. My friends Michelle and Laura planned a Valentines scavenger hunt for park day.
In groups of four buddies each, the kids ran off in different directions with their checklists in hand. Adults and older kids were posted in different areas of the park for safety’s sake and also to help fulfill the scavenger hunt tasks. What fun! Lucky Melissa and her team won first place.
Of course, we also exchanged Valentines, including the moms. What fun to receive Valentines from my own friends! I had created little paper teapot Valentines for the moms, labeled “You’re my cup of tea” with an attached tea bag. I received in exchange some Valentines of my own, including a white rose, and a spiritual medal. John came to hang out on his lunch hour. We were surprise to find out we had each bought the other a box of Sees chocolates, my favorite.
My sore neck was the only complaint I had today. I can only face forward at this point, as it is so stiff. Hopefully, John can increase my range of motion with his chiropractic expertise.
Would you like to host your own awesome scavenger hunt? It is guaranteed to be a big hit with the kids, something they will talk about for a long time.
A Super-Duper Scavenger Hunt
Materials needed: A fun prize or prizes if you are building teams of kids, about 10 moms or older kid volunteers, pens for the volunteers as well as a task sheet for each, some hula hoops, pencils and paper for the kids participating, a paper with the numbers 1-10 on it for the kids, word searches and crossword puzzles or other puzzles that can be solved in under 10 minutes, bean bags and a bucket to toss them in, and enthusiasm! (Materials needed can vary according to modifications of your hunt)
This can be adapted for any get-together or holiday.
How this is different from your typical scavenger hunt? Instead of looking for specific items, the kids are looking for moms, in order to accomplish a series of whimsical tasks. The first individual or team finished with the list of tasks is the winner.
Process: Give each volunteer a number to wear as a badge, a pen, as well as a task sheet with instructions for the kids to follow. (see below) Spread the volunteers out all over the park or a large backyard.
Each child is given a paper with the numbers 1-10 written on it, corresponding to the badges which the volunteers are wearing. When the whistle is blown, or one of the volunteers shouts “Go!”, the kids scatter, running over to each volunteer, and completing the task which the volunteer dictates to them. The kids can complete the tasks in any order, so that there is not a build-up of kids at any one “volunteer station”. After each task is completed, the volunteer signs it off on the child’s paper. The first child or team to complete all of the tasks is the winner. We used teams, as the kids enjoyed working together on their tasks.
Examples of tasks:
- Do 30 jumping jacks.
- Make up a “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue” poem or other rhyme, and recite it to the volunteer.
- Complete a Valentine or any other themed word search. (These can easily be found online)
- Complete a Valentine or other themed crossword puzzle. (Also easily found online)
- Go and wish 5 of your friends a happy Valentines Day.
- Do the hoola hoop for 10 seconds, or modify the time as needed.
- Tell a riddle or solve a riddle.
- Toss 5 bean bags into a bucket.
- Go give your parent a hug.
- Jog around markers in the park such as trees.
Remember, after the child completes the task at each station, the volunteer in charge there, should sign their sheets of paper, next to their station number. For example, if the volunteer is wearing the “number 3” badge, and the child has completed the task, then the volunteer should sign his/her initials next to the “3”.
Have fun with it! Change the tasks, if you wish. Let me know if you try it, or if you have any questions. I would love to hear about your experience.
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May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette