Saturday, June 30, 2012

Kid Scavenger Hunt

Here's a new twist on scavenger hunting. The kids really enjoyed doing a movie/ book hunt. We didn't use this as a competition, but you certainly could. Before we left, we the adults, came up with an extensive list of books and movies. We tried to choose mostly books that have been made into movies.

Our list in no particular order:

Bridge to Terabithia
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Jumanji
Zathura
Night at the Museum
How to Eat Fried Worms
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The Secret Garden
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Charlotte's Web
Stuart Little
Series of Unfortunate Events
Firehouse Dog
Super Mario Bros.
Chronicles of Narnia
Nim's Island
Inkheart
Tom Sawyer
City of Ember
Nancy Drew
Journey to the Center of the Earth


Once we were in the car driving away, we let the kids take turns choosing a movie/book from the list. They had to come up with something we could get to represent it. It could be purchased, or it could just be a free brochure, business card, or pamphlet. The place we went was totally up to them. The only thing we stipulated was that they had to choose completely different places, and they must give us a reason why they chose that item or place for that particular movie/book.

We set a time limit and took turns until time was up. In the end we drove around to many places I wouldn't have even thought to visit. It was a lot of fun to see what places and items the kids associated with the movies we've been watching, and the books we've been reading.

Here are a couple examples of what the kids chose:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(Bought at a drug store)


Firehouse Dog
(We visited a fire station.)


Nancy Drew
(Given to us at the police station.)


Chronicles of Narnia
(One of the local schools)


A Series of Unfortunate Events
(An eye doctor in the city)


The Secret Garden
(A flower shop)


Super Mario Bros.
(Purchased at a different grocery store)


Happy Hunting!

1 comment:

  1. This reminds me of my childhood! My mom used to do this, to occupy our time and make me and my brother stay away from video games. Anyway, it made us creative and more imaginative, thanks to mom! This activity definitely demands a good working brain, or else you will end up with nothing.

    -Rosalinda Hone

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