Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Scavenger Hunt!

When the big kids were little, I made a point of coming up with all sorts of activities to keep them busy and focused. A house with four loose and wild little kids, each a year in age apart from the next one, is no fun for anyone. We did crafts and games and plays, all without the help of Pinterest, seeing as how the world wide web had yet to be invented.

One day I took a bunch of close-up photos of objects around the house. Things like a button on a coat, the pattern on a curtain, and a leaf of a plant. I had the photos developed (It was pre-digital photography, too!) in duplicate and used them to do a scavenger hunt with the kids. Each team got a stack of photos and had to find the objects. Apparently, they liked that activity enough to remember it, because this afternoon, I came downstairs to find each of the big kids in an area off to himself, coming up with clues for a scavenger hunt. Buttercup made two; one of close-up photos for the little boys and one with written clues for all of us.

We spent an hour today doing all of the hunts. Not surprisingly, the clues each teen came up with very much resembles his/her personality.

First up was Giant. He is methodical. He is detail oriented. He likes to make things a bit of a challenge. He made a set of drawings for each person/team. We were each given the first clue at the start, and each location had the tiny pieces of paper stuck somewhere. Once someone found it, that person could head off to the next location.



He made us run all over the property!




Star is much more about getting work done quickly instead of neatly. He likes to make things challenging for others, so each clue was different, and each was designed to make us use our noggins. He only made one of each clue, so everyone at the same location had to share.


Only 2 of the 5 clues. 
The third clue was a complicated cryptogram that held us all up. Buttercup got it first. I never did.


Buttercup's hunt was next up. That girl is organized. She thinks things through. She has a heck of a memory, and she uses it. When we gathered at the start, she had the first clues ready for us.


She had thought ahead. Knowing she didn't want us to be able to simply follow each other from clue to clue, she labeled each one. We each went to the same places, but at different times. But only if we used our brains and figured out what the clues meant.

Twins, 9 years apart. 




For example, "they're coming to get me" refers to a kids' song we've heard on the radio. It goes "The leftovers are coming to get me", and the clues were in the fridge, on top of the container holding leftover chicken and noodles.

Phoenix was next. He is too bright and clever for his own good. He knew it would take us forever, so he took his hunt off the table. I later saw his clues, and I am glad he came to that conclusion. :)

Once we were done, Cuckoo asked if he could come up with one. But of course! He went with the same clue tactic as Giant. While Cuckoo is also detail oriented, he's only 5. His details aren't quite so clear all the time. 



Phoenix is the only one who managed to figure out that the first clue was the dog house.

In case you're wondering, the other drawings are the van, a chicken, and a tree. 

Summer.

It's the best.

(My next post will be all about how I organize our summer days, including how I get all of the kids to do big daily chores without huffing and puffing.)

Have you ever done scavenger hunts? How did you do it?

Have a lovely day!

21 comments:

  1. How fun. I would have loved to watch this. You do so many wonderful things with your kids. That rocks.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Would have loved to sit back and watch? You wouldn't have joined in? ;)

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  2. Just when I think you can't get any more imaginative, you go and top yourself.

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    1. Well, my creativity was from a decade ago. This time it was all the kids. :)

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  3. That seriously sounds like SO MUCH FUN! I only hope that I'm as creative when we have kids :)

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    1. It was fun! Ah, but you have Pinterest and so many other people to learn from. We had Family Fun magazine. It was helpful, but limited.

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  4. What a fun fun fun idea!! Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. It was fun! Let me know if you and the kids end up doing it.

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  5. Wow! I'm not that creative. I've never done a scavenger hunt. When do you sit down to think up an idea like this? I would have burned brain cells for half a day.

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    1. The ideas just pop into my head. The photo scavenger hunt came to me when I got a macro lens for my camera. I was taking photos, wondering what in the world I would do with them. A game with the kids just seemed the most logical thing. :)

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  6. We used to get a bucket and then a list of all the things we had to find from around the house, and the first person to collect all the items was the winner.

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    1. I have done that sort of scavenger hunt when we had parties with a bunch of families. Outside. I never wanted to have to put the found objects away, so I would have them get things like a mulberry and a chicken feather.

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  7. You are such a fun mom! :-)

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  8. I was close on cuckoos... I thought rocket, vat, chicken and broccoli! I love that youre competative enough to be running out in front of the kids! ahahhahaa! Perfect!

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    1. uh.... van not vat... I first thought truck but remembered you had a van!

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    2. I was wondering how you got vat.
      I wasn't in front for long. Not for lack of trying. :)

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  9. Being a kid in your house must be just the funnest time. I got the Lady Mary, Grantham clue.

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    1. Sometimes. Too bad for them, they have to work sometimes, too. :)

      Ha! I didn't get that clue, thanks to Phoenix. He got to it first, and kept saying it was about Anne of Green Gables. I didn't read the clue carefully and just went along with it. Until we realized there weren't any clues next to her books. It took a while, but I finally figured it out. :)

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  10. This is so AWESOME!! We just did a treasure hunt this week as well. Very simple little rhyming clues, but I love, love, love that your kids came up with their own. Brilliant. And SO great that Lady Mary took part, although I hardly think Carson would approve of such frivolity and running hither and yon.

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  11. Oh my gosh.....how FUN is this!!!!! Definitely an advantage having kids old enough to participate in making up the hunts. We would've only been able to have one here and even then...I would require a nap afterwards. ;)

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