After the Easter Baskets are found and dinner is consumed, you may want to plan an activity to help burn off some of that excess sugar. An Easter Themed Scavenger Hunt is the perfect way to get the kids focused on an activity that will get them moving and keep them occupied – at least for a little while!
Winter is a great time to get outside and explore. Although the world around you may look dormant and asleep, there is still a lot going on. Download, print, and take your list outside to see how what you can find. You’ll be surprised at what’s out there!
Hot summer days can often be lazy summer days, and if you are not careful, they can turn into boring summer days. Sometimes, we have to be a little creative and plan an activity, and adventure, or a fun game to get those kids up and moving. Now that the novelty of “No School” has worn off, adventurous boys may migrate back into the house and towards their electronics. A summer scavenger hunt for kids is a good way to get your boys out of the house on a nice summer day and away from their electronic devices. Now if we make that scavenger hunt a “Creeping, Crawling, Slinking Bugs Galore!” Scavenger Hunt – they’ll rush out the door faster than you can say “BEETLE”!
There are a couple of ways you can approach this type of scavenger hunt, and it will depend on your child’s age and comfort level. For the insects listed, your kids can check them off of the list in one of three ways:
Check It – After they see an insect, they can simply check if off of their list. This way there is NO touching of any creepy-crawly creatures.
Snap It – When they find an insect on the list, they can snap a picture of it. Again, this way involves no touching or capturing of insects.
Capture It – This way, your hunters can actually catch their prey temporarily, and release them after they take a moment to closely observe their find. (If you’re boys are really into capturing bugs, see below for a simple guide to the best bug catching equipment for boys.)
NOTE: Please advise your bug hunters to be wary of stinging insects. We recommend that they do NOT try to catch bees, wasps, hornets, or any other venomous insect.
____________ An insect with bright colors (red, yellow, green, blue)
JM Cremps has some of the best bug catchers and bug-catching equipment for kids. Some of our favorites are the BugView Magnifier that allows your kids to get a close-up view of even the smallest of creatures. It is easy to use, is kid friendly, and has 5X magnification. Another favorite is a basic butterfly net. It makes simple work of catching the insects that fly and will keep your troops occupied for hours! Best of all, at less than $7, it makes the perfect birthday gift for any adventurous boy.
The Bug Book and Bug Bottle Bug Catcher is the perfect tool for your budding bug catchers. The ingeniously designed plastic bottle is perfect for catching and viewing bugs and then releasing them unharmed. It’s a bug catcher with a conscience! The book that comes with the bottle has detailed information on 46 of the US’s most popular insects so your kids can easily identify their catch and learn to properly care for them.
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“There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy’s life that he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.” – Mark Twain
Who hasn’t dreamed of finding hidden treasure buried in the backyard? The words, “X marks the spot” is enough to get every child’s heart pumping. Now that summer has started, the quest for adventure can begin! Treasure hunting and geocaching are the ultimate in fun activities for kids and are the perfect family activities.
Geocaching is one of the fastest growing activities, and its popularity is sweeping the planet. If you haven’t tried it yet, then you’re in for a treat. This real world, outdoor treasure hunt game requires a GPS-enabled device. All you have to do is navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache container hidden at that location. It’s that simple!
Once you have the necessary equipment, the rest is easy. Just visit the international geocaching database at http://www.geocaching.com. Enter the zip code where you’d like to search for treasure. You will then see a list of hidden geocaches and their coordinates. Pick whichever one you’d like, enter the coordinates into your device, and get started!
A Christmas-themed Scavenger hunt is the perfect activity for family gatherings and holiday parties. For family gatherings, it is fun to pair up the adults with the kids and see which team finishes first. For kids parties, split the kids into teams and give them a time limit. Whichever team gathers the most items within the time limit is the winner!
_______ 1 pine needle (real or artificial)
_______ 1 ornament hook
_______ 1 pinecone
_______ 1 piece of garland or tinsel
_______ 1 mistletoe leaf
_______ 1 holiday table decoration (a candle or figurine will work)
_______ 1 gift tag
_______ 1 red poinsettia flower
_______ 1 piece of holiday chocolate
_______ 1 piece of wrapping paper with a Christmas tree on it