Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Scavenger Hunt

The cold weather is here to stay!  That means we will be spending much more time indoors, and with two boys who are 2 and 5 years old, it also means I have to come up with some interesting games and activities to keep the little minds and hands busy and out of trouble!

Today I want to share a fun Christmas Scavenger Hunt!  The best thing about scavenger hunts is that there are so many ways you can create them to suit every child in your family!

This activity was created with my 5 year old in mind, so instead of a traditional scavenger hunt with a list of items to collect, I added a slight educational twist to it.

Christmas Scavenger Hunt

To prepare the activity, I created a tracing Task Sheet for my writing-resistant 5 year old.  I laminated it so he could use dry erase markers (which are always more fun than pens or pencils of course!) but then I cut it into strips so he could focus on one task at a time.

I knew my 2 year old would wander in and out of our activity, so I created a Task Sheet for him.  It was simply a sheet of pictures, and I printed out a duplicate set for matching.

These erasers were only $1 and I purchased them with a few different activities in mind for my two year old, but for this activity they served as our clues!  We used 5 of the 6 sets.

I hid one half of each match throughout the house with a "real" version.  Here is our reindeer match hiding out by the fireplace.

I explained to the boys that we would be going on a Christmas Scavenger Hunt and that I would give them a clue.  Their job was to find the matching clue and then I would give them a special task to complete before they received the next clue.

My 2 year old's task was to match and glue a picture to his task sheet.

I was pleasantly surprised with how well my 5 year old focused on tracing his words so he could earn his next clue.  Nothing like a fun game to sneak in a little handwriting practice!

After they completed their tasks, I gave them a small red envelope with their last clue.  Inside was a very simple and easy homemade puzzle.  It was just the front of a Christmas card that had been cut into six pieces.  (Inspired by Joyfully Weary.)

Once they completed the puzzle, they saw a picture of a Christmas tree.  They quickly headed to the family Christmas tree, but had to go to their own tree to find their surprise!

There were two new books to add to our Christmas collection!  I did consider wrapping them, but I thought my two year old might take that as an invitation to all presents under Christmas trees!

My 5 year old enjoyed the activity so much that he created his own version for me to play!

Indoor scavenger hunts are so simple and require very few supplies.  They can be changed up for holidays or rainy day activities, and they are very easy to adapt to various ages and skill levels.  It's also very easy to sneak in educational activities, so be creative!

This was originally written for a guest post at Mess for Less!  A big thanks to Vicky for all of her fun, creative ideas for kids (and mommas too) and for having me over!

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  1. I really like the picture scavenger hunt activity. I've been looking for fun activities to do inside and this would be great for my 4 year old. Guess I need to head over to the dollar store and pick up some goodies. Thanks for the ideas. I like your blog. It's nice to see what other Homeschoolers are doing. I'll be checking back. I'm following.

    veronica @

  2. i have been following your blog for a few weeks now and I love it! I had recived the leibster award this week and I want to pass it on to you! thanksfor all your ideas!!!

  3. Sounds like so much fun, especially since each of the boys played a part! :D But what I really like was that your eldest made you your own scavenger hunt to play. Very smart kid! This kind of game requires a lot of thinking since every clue must be in coordination. :) Are you planning to do this again this year?

    Rosalinda ^.^

    1. Thanks Rosalinda! I hadn't given it much thought, but a scavenger hunt is something my boys might enjoy with their new neighbor friends. I'll have to think about coming up with something age appropriate for 3-8 year olds!