Not only are scavenger hunts fun for children, they’re also a great way to turn those frowns upside down when the excitement of the Easter egg hunt is over.
If you’re trying to get the kids to eat less chocolate this Easter, you could try and replace the traditional Easter egg hunt with a scavenger hunt, but don’t blame us if that doesn’t go down well!
The benefits to honing your children’s observation and problem-solving skills can’t be overstated either. A scavenger hunt is a wonderful tool to make them more aware of their surroundings. Every parent knows the ‘I can’t find it’ followed by ‘if you just opened your eyes’ scenario, so why not give them some additional practice?
A scavenger hunt is as easy as one, two, three.
What you’ll need for your scavenger hunt
- Scavenger hunt list
- Clipboard (depending on how fancy you’d like this to be)
- Pen or pencil and a bucket or basket
- Planning the hunt and what your list is going to be made up of — taking your child’s age into account — is the first step. Your list can be as simple as ‘stone, feather, leaf’ or as complex as solving rhymes and riddles to get them to figure out what they need to find. Just remember that the more time and effort you put into the planning, the longer you’ll keep those little feet in the garden.
- You could even create a list that includes things like a bucket, spade, gloves, fork, seeds and fertiliser to make up a little gardening starter kit so they can nurture their own small garden past Easter and the hunt.
- When you’re armed with your list, you can clip it onto a clipboard, and you’re ready to rock and roll. If you’d like to pick up some items that are more exciting than a stone and leaf, head on down to your local garden centre in good time, so you can hide the items along with the Easter eggs.
- After your children have finished trawling the garden for their Easter eggs, they’ll probably be experiencing a sugar high second to none and looking to you for some entertainment. Now would be the perfect time to whip out your scavenger hunt card.
- Grab the clipboard, pen or pencil and send the little scavengers out for more fun garden time. Now it’s your turn to sit back, relax and let them come to you with their spoils.
- If your children enjoy a bit of competition, it may be a nice idea to involve cousins or neighbours kids in the hunt. You could even time them and encourage them to find each item faster.