In the box: 150 cards
Ages 7+, 1+ players
Upon opening the box and looking at the contents I thought "Well this will never work!" Then I read the instructions and couldn't wait to play. Scaventure Kids is a scavenger hunt for kids that can be played at home - alone or in teams. The game consists of cards with each card listing four things to find or do. The reason I did not think it would work is because some of the items to find you would never find in my home or yard, such as a dandelion, a toy soldier, a cowboy hat, and a bath oil bead. Taking that into consideration, the directions instruct each person or team to draw eight cards and find or accomplish as many of the items on the cards as they can in 30 minutes. Considering that is 32 items, it is unlikely there would be time to complete them all. Here are three card examples:
- Card 1
- Get something with a dinosaur on it.
- Make up a kit for making a snowman. Make a sign that says "Just add snow."
- It it's nice outside, have your team all try a cartwheel.
- Teach everyone how to spell a new word: try "neighborhood" or "squirrel".
- Card 2
- Make your own instrument using household objects. Play a song on it.
- Bring back something that is from another country.
- Find a sleeping bag. Pretend one of your team-mates is a caterpillar turning into a butterfly.
- Make someone on your team look like a clown, make-up and all.
- Card 3
- Find something a wild bird would make a nest with.
- Find a piece of wood that is exactly one foot long.
- Find any 3 objects that show the 3 primary colors.
- Have your team make a sculpture using a bar of soap.
- Make copies of the cards or type up the lists so that kids can cross things off as they are done. Reduces wasted time re-reading completed items.
- Set-up craft type stations ahead of time for activities that may require time. Such as have clown items and make up assembled ahead of time (dollar store is a great place to find things) and let the creativity begin.
- Walk along with younger kids and help direct them. For instance you could place things around the backyard that would naturally occur there and then go looking with the child.
- Use this as a teaching opportunity. Have a color wheel handy when talking about primary colors, find illustrations in a book ahead of time to review the stages in a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, have a map ready for quick reference and point out the location when finding an item from a different country.
- Sort through the cards and make your own list to target specific skills.
- Place an item in a junk drawer and instruct the individual to look there for it to practice finding something in a confusing background. Place the item upside down or half buried to complicate the task.
- Make up your own game, you don't even need to buy one!