A Scavenger Hunt for Any Party Theme
08 Apr 2015
A scavenger hunt is one of the best ideas for a birthday party game. If you have twins (like myself) or are hosting a joint party, there is a good chance your children will want two very different party themes. For example my daughter wanted a Princess Party while my son was more into Superheros. The scavenger hunt is one of the easiest and fun ways to tie two seemingly unrelated themes together. In this case the superheros need to find items for their bag of tricks to save the princess who is held a captive in the castle. Use the scavenger hunt game to tell a story involving both themes’ characters. Another helpful trait about scavenger hunts is that there is no set team size, making the game ideal for all size parties. If there are only a few kids, then you likely will choose to have each child search on their own. If there are tons of kids, then maybe you have five teams of five people. Alternatively you could just let two large teams compete against each other.
Scavenger Hunt List
The list of possible items for a scavenger hunt is endless – use your creativity to decide. If your theme is more nature related, the list will include pinecones, dandelions, and a piece of bark. Specify items of a certain color, shape, texture or beginning with each letter of the alphabet. If you want to get parents involved, choose items that the kids will have to ask an adult for such as a watch, a dollar bill, or a certain brand cell phone. Another option is to hide some items, like mini superhero figurines, around the yard. To add extra excitement, hand out riddle cards or a map with clues to each team. For older tweens, hold a mall or grocery store scavenger hunt.
Scavenger Hunt Bag
Tape the scavenger hunt item list to the front of each collection bag. For younger kids, print out the list as pictures with checkboxes and paste to the front of the bag. In each bag, leave a mini flashlight, magnifying glass and binoculars to enhance the I Spy feel.
Collection of Items
The winner of the scavenger hunt is the person or team that collects all the items first. The completed finds may be identified by placing an x on the item list or placing the items in folder pockets. Photo scavenger hunts are great for older kids or adults where items are ‘collected’ by snapping a picture. If items are relatively flat, they can be taped or glued to a scrapbook as pieces of a puzzle in the story. The scavenger hunt bags can later serve as the goody bags by placing a couple trinkets in the bag with a rope or ribbon decoratively tied around them.