Monday, April 23, 2007

Family Fun Night: A Scavenger Hunt

I have mentioned before that every week we set aside an evening for our family to play together. We call it Family Fun Night. Last week we had an extra-super-duper-family fun night. I actually got the idea from my unusual Dear Dad. He used to make exciting treasure hunts, scavenger hunts and games for us. This hunt only took ten minutes to prepare. Maybe you can use a similiar idea.

Scavenger Hunt
Divide your family into two teams, pairing older people with younger children. Give them each a list of items to find inside and outside the house. Team members may not split up. The first team back at an arranged meeting place with all items with them inside a bag wins the prize- they drive with Dad to the store and pick out the flavors to make ice cream floats. The losing team makes the floats and serves them (they get to drink them, too.)

The List

a black marble
a bent, rusty nail
a toenail
a grub or worm
a picture of an owl
something with the word 'joy' on it
a bouquet of wildflowers
a bird feather
a green onion top
a shoelace
a grey hair from someone over 70 yrs of age

You can also play this game with two digital cameras by making a list of photographs each team must take. We plan to play this one next time. You can require different poses the team must do together such as a human pyramid or something silly. They must do something at a certain place. Usually it is something funny.

Another scavenger hunt could be a list of things they must make from a bag of items you give them. For example, they must make a slingshot. The bag of items includes sticks, rubber bands and a green leaf among other things.

What about a nature scavenger hunt? It could be a general list, or a bug list, wildflower list or even a rock (geology) list depending on what you have studied.

Happy Hunting!


  1. What I a fun idea! I like it. I think I'll borrow it to use for family fun night at our home.

  2. How fun! That sounds really neat. We did a scavenger hunt one time when we camped out in our back yard an arce away from the house. We found rocks, bugs, glowers, leaves and many other things...


  3. That sound like a lot of fun. We had an egg scavenger hunt (plastic eggs) at my house this year on Easter. I handed them the first egg and it had the clue in it to find the next egg. This went on until the first person got to the last one that had the prize.

    I was really coming over to your blog to see how you are doing (miscarriage)? I don't know why I felt impressed to find out, but I will pray for you tonight.

    Reading about the Christian killed in Turkey also has me wondering why you are there (I guess I have never known) and if you feel safe there? Do your neighbors and friends know that you are Christian?

    I have just been burdened about you today. Praying for you.

    Liz aka Humpty@HSB

  4. Thank you for including my article on Memorizing Scripture in your "Latest Delicious Finds" list. I have enjoyed looking over your website - I think I would have enjoyed being a homeschooling Mom!

  5. Kathleen, it was my pleasure. I found the article very helpful and thought others would benefit as well.

    Liz, I emailed you.

    Thanks for stopping by, Beth and Jocelyn.

  6. What a great idea!! I can't wait to try it. I am going to print this out and put it in a new folder I am going to call "family nights!" Thanks so much!

  7. Praying for you tonight

  8. That sounds like great fun!