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
*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: