Summer vacation is always a much anticipated time for both kids and parents. No school, warm weather and sleeping in! Inevitably though, after a week or so the phrase “I’m bored” starts becoming a daily lament. Prevent boredom before it starts by having a “bag of tricks” up your sleeve. There are tons of activities that kids and parents alike can do to stave off summertime boredom. One such activity is a scavenger hunt. If you have never done one, you are missing out. Here are some summer scavenger hunt ideas that will keep your kids busy and engaged whether they are hanging out at home, on a long road trip, or at a park or other outdoor space.
- Nature-themed hunts are easy and fun. They can be done in parks, on camping trips, around your neighborhood or in your backyard. There are a ton of interesting things to be found in nature, so you should have no problem coming up with a list.
- Road trip scavenger hunts can make a long trip more bearable. In this type of hunt, you may not be collecting physical items, but other things such as road signs, certain types of cars, roadside restaurants or other stops, geographical features, etc.
- People watching is always fun, so turn it into a scavenger hunt! Make a list of things like people wearing the color orange, wearing a certain sports team hat, reading a book, etc. If you want to take it a step further, have participants collect signatures from the people they “find.”
- You can also hide your own specific items, especially if the hunt is taking place at home or in the immediate vicinity. This type of hunt in particular lends itself to themes. If your child has a particular interest, such as Harry Potter, Cars or princesses and pirates, for example, you could really get creative!
Ensure that your scavenger hunt is safe and successful by outlining specific instructions, safety rules and time and distance limits. Don’t make the hunt too difficult or too easy. If you have enough participants to create teams, keep them as even as possible. Scavenger hunts are a great way to teach kids to sharpen their observational skills, work together as a team, and improve their social skills.