September 16, 2009
(Thank you to Rebecca of Scavenger Hunt Guru for this guest post!)
If you are trying to be creative with your homeschool lesson plans, why not consider a scavenger hunt? They are easy to organize and tons of fun for all ages.
Scavenger hunts are experiential by nature. Kids learn in a hands on fashion as they explore the world around them, and we all know that the more hands-on the learning, the more the kids learn and remember. Hunts can be done indoors, outdoors, in the classroom and even as fun car games.
To set up your hunt, simply print out a list of clues and let them go! It’s fun to add a fun quote or graphics to the scavenger hunt list, but not entirely necessary. It just depends on how creative you are feeling.
Here are a few educational scavenger hunts for you to try:
- Online Scavenger Hunt: to introduce the non-profit world.
- Library Scavenger Hunt: go explore your local library.
- Dictionary Game: to help build vocabulary.
- Gardening Games: get outside and explore your community garden.
- Newspaper Scavenger Hunt: a fun way to explore the daily news.
- Nature Scavenger Hunt: to build awareness.
The important thing is to be prepared, have fun with it and end while the kids are still wanting more. Try doing one scavenger hunt a week with your kids. They’ll love it! The scavenger hunt for kids section has a comprehensive collection of hunts to get you started. Also be sure to check out the free stuff for teachers section for more ways to spice up your lesson plans.
And last, but not least, if you are looking to create your own hunt, this site has that covered too with a list of scavenger hunt ideas already brainstormed and broken down by location: indoor, outdoor, classroom and crazy! Simply pick and choose what you want to put on your list.
Happy teaching and happy hunting!!
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