Sidewalk Scavenger Hunt
Go hunting in your 'hood.
- Sidewalk:If your kid has a bad habit of running into the street, we recommend "Hunt the Park" or "Search the Backyard." Same game, but safer.
- Treasure trapper:A bag or basket for your child's loot.
- Treasure list:A list of stuff for your kid to find. You can either plant items or take a chance by picking common things you can easily locate, like a leaf, a penny, a flower and so on. Don't put anything too obscure or you'll end up wandering the streets for hours!
- A watch or a cell phone to tell the time:Trust us, you need a time limit. You'll faint from boredom if your child takes an hour to find a dime tucked in a rose bush.
- Hand sanitizer:Just in case your dear child picks up something unsavory in his zeal to fill his basket. Dog poop is strictly off limits!
- A cheap but fun little prize for your successful scavenger:A plastic trophy or chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil are in keeping with the game's spirit.
- Compile your treasure list. Twelve is a realistic number of items for your little one to locate. If your kid isn't old enough to read, use pictures.
- Tell your child to grab his treasure trapper (while you grab the hand sanitizer, your treasure list, your watch and/or your cell) and head outside.
- Give your kid five minutes to find the first treasure on the list.
- Once he finds the item, reward him with a sticker, cookie, kiss and so on (you know him best).
- Send him off to find the next treasure…and the next and the next and the next! Keep going until one of you just can't take it anymore.
- This is also a great activity to do with groups of children. Sister-in-law dump her kids off at your house again? Have the kids divide into teams and hunt for treasures together.
- It's also a great beach game. Have the kids hunt for shells, seaweed and sunscreen. You may actually enjoy a brief moment of silence while the kids are focused on finding a strand of marine benthic algae (that's geek speak for seaweed).