My kiddos love doing scavenger hunts. In the past, we have used pictures. Hand-drawn by yours truly, and devoid of much artistic talent. It is a good thing children care a lot more about our presence than our perfection and they have never complained about my poor drawings. I decided, however, to do something different yesterday. I have a beginning reader in my home. My four year old boy is sounding out words now and can use some more practice. We read a lot of chapter books and the deal is, he reads the title of each chapter and I read the rest of it. We are just wading in to the area of reading, but I am so excited! Reading opens up so many worlds to children and I am eager to hone that skill. I had the thought that this would be a fun way to incentivize more reading for him and it worked like a charm. I hid the box and traced the clues backwards so he had to read his way to the hiding spot.
We had a busy day yesterday with my husband and I doing a lot of work around the house. We have a huge pile of wood left from building our home last year and are chopping, hauling, splitting, stacking, and selling.
If you or anyone you know is in the market for firewood…let. us.know.
Anyway....back to my orginal point.
It had been a busy day with distracted parents and worn out bodies, so I did a family movie night in a box. We all got to enoy popcorn and snuggles after the treasure was hunted down. We have done this is so many other ways though. Their Easter baskets were proceeded by a scavenger hunt this year which added an extra fun element during a quarantine Easter.
There is the option of a new box of chalk and some snacks. Perhaps bubbles and water guns.
Puzzles and stickers, play-doh, a craft project, etc. It is a fun way to add a little excitement and education to a slow day. And you really don’t have to be artistic for it to be fun. Good news for the non-crafty mamas.