15 Minutes of Family Fun – Scavenger Hunts
Date posted: January 22, 2014
Scavenger hunts are games where participants are challenged to search for items on a list. The hunts are fun that can be adapted to any age group. And they’re easy to do – decide where you’ll have your hunt, decide if participants are individuals or teams, make a list of items to find, decide what needs to be done when participants find the items (e.g. point, collect, or photograph), and decide when the game will end.
For very young children a search for colours or shapes is a simple type of scavenger hunt. For 3 to 5 year olds, you can try Pick a letter, find a word. Choose a letter of the alphabet, talk about the sound of the letter, and have children look for five items in the house whose names start with that sound. For details on how to use this activity click here. This activity reinforces listening skills and matching letters to sounds.
For older children, you can design all kinds of variations – and these will likely extend beyond the 15 minutes. Here are a few ideas:
32 fun scavenger hunt ideas for kids
Colour scavenger hunt (a photo project)
Internet scavenger hunt
Nature scavenger hunt
Family Literacy Day is celebrated on January 27th each year. This year’s theme is 15 Minutes of Fun!