• Danielle Mussafi

Indoor Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts are a really fun and engaging way to pass the time. They can be tailored to your specific kid, their interests, their attention spans, their budding knowledge, and - important for our stay-inside-as-much-as-possible moment - can be done inside or outside.

Parents can create a list of 3 to infinity items that their child will search for. Items can be general or specific, depending on age and ability. I would suggest physically writing or printing a list first with all of the items on a piece of paper as well as creating a way for your child to mark that the item is found - either making an X mark with a marker or crayon, or using stickers. This physical check-off is a satisfying element that adds a sense of importance and structure to their search.

Simple searches for our younger friends can include:

- A train track

- A block

- A stuffed animal

- A book

As our friends age, additional specifics, including number of items, color, size, texture, etc can be added:

- One red truck

- Two soft toys

- Three big legos

- A book with numbers on it

- Something in the shape of a square

- Something that makes sounds

- Four things that are blue

- Something your grandma gifted you


Other variations:

*List out all of the colors and have your child find one item for each color (something red, something blue, something yellow, etc).

*Name items and see how many of each item your child can find (how many teddy bears, how many soccer balls, etc).

If you do a scavenger hunt, please send photos of your list or of the items! It will be fun to see!

Here are some other item ideas, taken from various sources online:

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