A photo scavenger hunt for kids is a great way to get the kids active and generate some excitement and creativity. A traditional scavenger hunt involves going from door to door in a neighborhood or specified area collecting items from a list. A photo scavenger hunt is similar, except the items are not actually collected. They are photographed and saved. Once the entire list is collected, the photos are shown to the person managing the hunt. The team or person with the first full collection wins the hunt. To complete this game, children will need a camera or device that can shoot pics such as an iPod or cell phone.
Create a Photo Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Indoor or Outdoor
Any kind of scavenger hunt is best done outside. Here, children can take photos of nature and maybe even learn something new about the world they live in. When it rains outside, however, you might find yourself creating an indoor hunt. You might even encourage some extra homework by “assigning” a related item to the list. Make this photo scavenger hunt challenging and allow them to get extra benefits.
Sometimes it's fun to add a theme to the photo scavenger hunt. You can stick with one color or pick something like animals or insects. You can even get really creative and make them figure out what the items are instead of listing them. For example you might say “I turn fruit into smoothies” for a picture of the blender. The more creative you get with the photo scavenger hunt, the more fun it will be. Below are some ideas for themes you might want to use.
For birthdays: Each item starts with the same letter as the first name of the birthday person. Items for Sam's birthday start with S. Items for William's birthday start with W.
School supplies: This is a great way to get your kids to get their school supplies organized as they bring them home from school at the end of the school year. When you finish the hunt, you have them ready for the next year. Why not save some money, right?
Clean up the yard: Create a list of photos that require evidence of yard cleanup. Ask for a photo of a bag of leaves or twigs. Request images of a mowed yard or cleaned chicken coop. Just make sure each team has a fair shot at getting the chores done and the pictures taken at the same time.
Name that plant. Create a list of plants in your yard. Ask for photos of the plants from the yard. You can even tag the plants so you know the photos came from your yard and not the Internet. Tagging might also help younger children identify plants. You can even add information about the uses of the plant so they learn as they play.
A photo scavenger hunt for kids can be a fun game or an enjoyable learning activity. You might even call it a treasure hunt in some cases. Children get exercise but don't have to part with their precious technology.
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