How to have a family scavenger hunt

Cold wind and chilly weather can make even the bravest of us want to stay indoors. But, instead of turning on the TV, why not create an activity you and your family can enjoy? An indoor scavenger hunt is entertaining and requires minimal preparation. Don't know where to start? Check out our guidelines below!

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  1. 1. Write down a list of things that your family will be required to do or find. Since the scavenger hunt will be taking place in your house, make sure that you have enough of each item for everyone to collect –for example, you don’t want to write “find two tomatoes” on each list if you know you only have one tomato in the house. If you’re not sure if you have enough items for everyone to find, try assigning a task instead. Have participants take a picture outdoors or write down a line from a book. That way, you’ll know everyone will be able to join in the fun. If you need help, try looking at these lists for reference.
  2. Assign points for every item or task on the list. More difficult items should be worth more points. Deduct points for items that weren’t found or tasks that weren’t completed.
  3. Make up teams. If you have a big family, make groups of 3 or 4. If it’s just a few of you, make pairs or even go individually. Younger children should be paired with an adult.
  4. Hand out the lists and give each team time to look over them. Ensure everyone is clear on what they are supposed to find.
  5. Set a time limit. Depending on how long or difficult your list is, you should allot a specific amount of time for each team to finish by.
  6. Prepare prizes. Give every team a participatory price for their efforts but plan something extra for the team with most points, like a certificate or additional pieces of candy.  

Have you ever been in a scavenger hunt?

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