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- Create a list of items to find and provide a list for each person or team.
- If applicable, provide a place for each team or individual to gather the items they find.
- Depending on the type of scavenger hunt, you may want to set a time limit.
- Set rules, such as no running or make no messes as you look for things.
- Provide a pen or pencil to check items off the list.
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A Category Hunt
- Assign a category to the groups of hunters and see who comes up with the most items and with a reasonable explanation as to why the item fits in the category.
- Set a time limit.
- Make it harder by asking for one thing for each letter of the alphabet.
- Categories could be things you take to school, see at a department store, take to the movies, take to the swimming pool, take on a hike, use for a party, use on a rainy day or see in a furniture store.
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If you are going on any kind of trip, prepare a list of things that your child/children may see at some point. It may be a list of things to find throughout the duration of the trip or something with a time limit. This will get you started.
- Beach: bird, sunblock, seashell, blue umbrella, striped beach ball, swimsuit, pail, sunglasses, towel, flip-flops and Frisbee.
- Camping: campfire, tent, tree roots, marshmallows, tennis shoe, bug spray, mosquito and camera.
- Road trip: license plate from a state different than your own, motor home, gas station, map, postcard, restaurant that serves hamburgers, rest area, a park, a river and a flag.
Print out the “Summer Scavenger Hunt” download to take with you.
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Trip to the Mall
The name of a nail polish color, a restaurant menu, the name of a cell phone store, a brand name of a kind of a lady’s shoe, the name of a hair salon, the name of a store that sells vitamins and health care items, a slogan or words printed on a t-shirt.
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Find a book with “The” in the title, something green that you eat, something shiny, something white that you wear on your feet, a flashlight, an empty box, a tissue, a coin dated in the 1970’s, a puzzle piece, a yellow crayon, a salt shaker and a broken toy.
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Find something sold in a package of six, something organic, a fruit that comes in more than one color, a cereal with “Honey” in its name, the expiration date on a gallon of milk, three kinds of potatoes, something on sale, a brand name of toothpaste, the number of hot dogs in a package and two brands of ketchup.
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Going for a Walk
Find an ant, a green leaf, a water hose, a white house, a dog, a crack in the sidewalk, a bicycle, a red car, tree roots above the ground, yellow flowers, an address that ends in the number four, a chimney and a stop sign.
The children will have so much fun that they may want to plan their own scavenger hunt when their friends come over.
- Image Source: Photo Scavenger Hunt - flickr.com/77423179