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Digital Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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Published September 21st 2014
DIY school holiday fun at home
It's the first day of the school holidays. You don't want to go anywhere, just have a nice quiet day at home. But the kids are already arguing and annoying each other. If only you could have half an hour of peace and quiet........cue magical music........introducing the DIY digital scavenger hunt.

A digital scavenger hunt involves finding as many items as possible in a given time frame and taking a photo of the items to prove that you have found them. This is a very easy activity to create and do. It's as easy as scribbling a list of items on a piece of paper, setting a timer and sending the kids out with their iPods to search. It can be done around the house, in your backyard, or for the more adventurous at a park or the beach. (N.B. Little kids will need to be supervised if out in public).

I created the following digital scavenger hunt for the kids to do at home. I gave them half an hour to find 26 items. They actually finished before the time was up. But they also took advantage of our internet connection to download some of the pictures. As a result next time I will be setting a "no internet pictures" rule.

school holidays digital scavenger hunt orange flower clivia
Our orange flower: Clivia

School Holidays Scavenger Hunt - you have 30 minutes to find as many of the following items as possible. When you find something on the list take a photo of it.

For 1 point each:
the number 29
a purple flower
a boat
a world map
a butterfly
an orange flower
a dictionary
- a birdcage
- a pineapple
- a boot
- a doorbell
- cutlery

school holidays digital scavenger hunt mermaid

For 2 points each:
- a dinosaur
- an artwork
- a mermaid
- a turtle
- an oar
- a cone
- a vegetable
- a glass of water
- an animal

school holidays digital scavenger hunt chalk rainbow
Chalk rainbow

For 5 points each:
- a tower made of 5 items

school holidays digital scavenger hunt sandcastle
The word sandcastle on a canvas

For 10 points each:
- the word "sandcastle"
- a rainbow drawn in chalk
- three dollars worth of silver coins
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa (we had a postcard on our fridge with a photo on it)

While some of these items may sound difficult (where are they going to find a mermaid?), it's good to encourage the kids to get creative. If they can't find an item they could draw a picture of it, or use a toy or picture from a book. The great thing is that you can tailor the items to suit your environment and the possibilities are endless.

So why not give it a go. The kids will enjoy the hunt and you can even offer a small prize or reward for the winner. And best of all you may even get half an hour of peace and quiet for yourself. That's OK, you're very welcome!

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