Thursday, April 18, 2013
Scavenger Hunts with Kids at Varying Ages: In the Car and On Foot
Here's an idea for a kid friendly activity you can perform even when it is raining! I remember when my son was about 3, and we just wanted to get out of the house, however that looked, but it was cold and a little on the drizzly side. I got out a paper and drew 10 things in marker that we were going to look for on a local drive. Then we planned that if we found the things (I tried to choose things that would give us a fair drive around but also be achieveable on our hunt!), I had a little prize at the end.
Those ended up being fun rides because he would sit in his car seat with a marker and cross through things once we saw them. I would drive around to where I thought we could get some hits, and after about an hour we were home. I would draw things like an American flag, a dog or cat, a bicycle, a red car, the letter A, the number 2, etc. In those days it was a fun way to have some time out of the house even when the whether wasn't ideal!
Last week, we had a nice spring day. Probably our first hint of spring weather! I got out a sheet of paper and listed (now my son is practicing his reading) 15 items I thought he and the baby sitter could find on a walk around our local neighborhoods.
out of state license plate
small garden statue
chalk drawing on sidewalk/driveway
I told them that if they found 12 of the 15 items, they could walk to the dollar store and my son could pick out a prize. My son also got a kick out of it because he took an old digital camera we have (maybe 9 years old?) and I asked him to take a picture of each item they found. He got to show me all the pictures when they returned home!