How to Plan a Scavenger Hunt

If you have a gathering or a party, especially one with kids, then you would want to know how to plan a scavenger hunt. This is one of the most popular party games. If you like, the kids going from door-to-door in the neighborhood, then this is the best party activity because the kids will get some good exercise!

It is very important that the kids in question are able to read the list and communicate with the people properly. This game is not ideal for kids below seven years of age, unless they come along with the older ones. On the other hand, older kids, older than teens, will not like the door-to-door exercise, because the neighbors will think they are selling something and never open the door. If you have planned a scavenger hunt indoors or in your property, then age will not be a problem.

So, once you have the age thing narrowed down, then just ensure that there are enough guests at the event, so that you can divide the group into two teams. A scavenger hunt is a race and a fun one. Here are some simple steps on how to plan a scavenger hunt.

Make a List of the Item for Hunt and Set the Rules

  • One of things that will make your scavenger hunt exciting is the eclectic collection of items, which the team members are supposed to gather. Ensure that every team is provided with a bag (pillowcase will work if you don’t have enough bags) for putting their items in. assign one team that will be in-charge of the bags. Select all the items that you are likely to find in the house, but not the ones that are common. Assign another team for carrying the list of items and check on them once you find it.
  • You will have to make a note of how many houses the kids are supposed to visit, and use that count for your list. Always remember that there should be more number of items than the houses. You will have to decide if the kids are supposed to get more than one item from every house.
  • Remember that you will have to inform the kids that if they get something from the neighbors and if they want it back, then they should make a note of it. Therefore, one of the team members will have to carry a writing pad and pen to make a note of such things. For instance, if all the things are to be returned on the same street then make a note saying, “205 – nail clippers”. This means that you have to return the nail clippers to the neighbors within a few days on street 205.   
  • Sample list: Red pencil, post-it notes, paper clips, lego, drinking straws, postage stamps, magnetic calendars, old shoes, toilet paper, sea shells, rulers, staples, ziplock bags, wet nap, golf balls, Band-Aid, dryer sheet
  • Every team must be given a time limit, which should be a half hour and every team is supposed to reach before that time limit. One of the team members must be designated as the timekeeper. Once the time is up then the team should return to the place where the party is being held. The time that collects the maximum number of things and returns within the given time wins.

Mall Scavenger Hunt

  • Once you know the basics of the game, then you can consider adding a little variation in the game. If you have preteens and teens in the game, the most popular form is the mall scavenger hunt. For this, you will have to do a bit of investigation and make sure that none of the game members is accompanying you on the mission. Take help of the merchant’s directory in the mall, so that you can make the scavenger hunt accordingly.
  • You can make a slit of purchased items, tasks or free items. However, remember that the time frame has to be more than the regular scavenger hunt. You will have to set a budget limit too if some of the items need to be purchased. Before the kids start with their hunt, set a firm rule about the etiquette. If any team is caught screaming, running or behaving rudely with the merchants then they will be disqualified from the hunt.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

  • If you have a source for commuting and have a natural site nearby, a nature hike scavenger will give you some good exercise, new things to collect from the nature and fresh air. Even an average neighborhood park will do, but then you will have to limit the number or items on your list.
  • Make a list of items found in a park or if on a nature hike then the list can have things like, dry leaves, twigs, stone, etc. If you wish to expand the list and ideas regarding your hunt, then you will have to look for a place to hike.

Treasure Scavenger Hunt

  • This scavenger hunt is completely based on giving clues to children and this game is the best option if you are playing in a yard or at home. However, remember that your kid should be old enough to read the clues and understand the directions to find the treasure.
  • If you want to include young kids then you make a treasure hunt with pictures and some rules for completing this mission.

While playing this game always be flexible, because it is a fun game and there’s nothing to be hyper about if one item is missing. Go ahead and have fun!


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