Active children are happy children, and what better way to get them moving with a scavenger hunt? Encouraging the kids to run around finding the items on their scavenger list is the ideal way to ensure they get their recommended hour of physical activity a day, and it’s much more exciting than sitting in front of the TV!
To further increase excitement levels, add a prize to be awarded to anyone who manages to find all the scavenger items within an hour. Prizes could be as dazzling as a trip to the cinema, or as delicious as ice cream cones smothered in chocolate sauce! Don’t forget to hand them the scavenger list, and a bag or box to keep their items in as they go along.
We’ve created two lists of scavenger hunt clues for kids for you to try out – one at home and another for when you can get out to a local park.
What you need:
- A prize
- Shoebox, rucksack or similar, for them to keep the scavenger items in
- Pens, pencils and/or crayons
- A stopwatch with an alarm, so they know when their hour is up
- Matchboxes to contain tiny finds
- A printed or written out version of the scavenger list, so they can tick off items as they go along.
Scavenger Hunt List 1 – The great outdoor scavenger hunt!
Look no further for ideas for outdoor activities – this scavenger hunt is great fun for a day in the park, or to add a bit of excitement to a long walk in the woods. The list is designed not only to get kids running around, but they’ll have to think carefully about how to find some of the items.
- Something that fell out of a tree (no leaves allowed!)
- Something that makes a noise when shaken
- Three types of leaf
- Something beginning with ‘D’
- Something white
- Something really soft
- Something faster than a snail
Scavenger Hunt List 2 – Hunters in the home!
A bit of drizzle shouldn’t stop the kids getting outside and exploring, but if it’s really cold and miserable, don't worry – indoor fun for kids is easy with these indoor scavenger hunt clues for kids.
- A book with the word ‘continent’ written in it
- A photo of a grandparent
- Something with the word ‘special’ printed on it
- The phone number for a local business you choose (without use of the internet!)
- Make an instrument out of household objects – the more imaginative, the better!
- Draw a self-portrait whilst pulling a funny face
- Something diamond-shaped
If you opt for the outdoor scavenger hunt, make sure you keep an eye on the kids and ensure they stay in a safe area. It’s easy for them to get carried away looking for clues and find themselves off-track!