Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Ideas: How to have a holiday scavenger hunt with the kids.

 My last post was all about holiday season activities that should be safe in a pandemic.  After posting that, I really got into the scavenger hunt idea.  For Halloween, I made a super cute scavenger hunt for the kids that my husband unknowingly abolished and decided to do something similar for the holiday season.  That's when I jumped on the computer and started to get a little creative by putting together a festive flyer for the hunt.  See below, and feel free to steal it for your own kiddies!

free Christmas scavenger hunt sheet for kids

How to have a holiday scavenger hunt.

What is a scavenger hunt?

For me, there are two types of scavenger hunts.  There's the type like I made above where you have a list of things to find in a designated area and sometimes within a designated time limit.  The second type is where you follow a string of clues to find your ultimate goal.  Both are lots of fun, but the latter is a little too tricky for the younger children.

Where will you be doing the above hunt?

To be honest, I'm not sure yet.  I'd love to go to the city and explore with the kids, but I'm a little afraid right now.  The next best thing is to walk along Main Street in our local town.  It's always beautifully decorated and fulfills my craving to window shop.  If it's unbearably cold, we could make it a neighborhood drive through and set a timer for a competitive edge.  If we're feeling super crazy, maybe we could even compete against another family!  Loser has to buy everyone a round of hot chocolates.

What are the rules of a scavenger hunt?

This depends on you!  Just make sure that they're clear before everyone participating starts.

We have younger kids, so it will most likely be a simple checkmark of completion as we see each thing listed.  If you're competing with another family, you can make it a little more fun by taking a silly picture with each "found" object and setting a competitive timeframe.  It's also common to set scavenger hunt borders.  Just please, don't steal anything as proof like some bad, older kids sometimes do.  It's a crime both literally and figuratively.  I mean, imagine poor little Joe Joe waking up to see his light up Santa missing..  Not cool!

Do you give out prizes?

You absolutely can!  We won't be, but I do plan on ending the fun with a treat.  Whether it be a peppermint hot chocolate or a pastry, we will surprise the kiddies with a little festive something to eat.

Have you ever done a scavenger hunt?


  1. I'd go on a hunt if the prize was Henrylicious Cavill.

    1. LOL I gained a lot of weight the past 6 months. I'm trying sooo hard to be good and not eat any junk. That being said, I'd do the hunt for almost anything with sugar.

  2. That would be fun to do with other families, just driving around in separate cars and taking a photo by each object.

  3. I miss doing things like this with the girls. Now they're too old and too cool to be doing holiday scavenger hunts with mom. May have to pick up my young nieces and nephews and do it with them this year.

    1. Yes, go steal them for a little while and have some fun. :) There's not many holiday events this year so let's do our best to enjoy!

  4. Scavenger hunts are the best! We've done the check-mark kind and the clue kind. Kids LOVED the clues. We've done them for Easter and when the power went out. Helped pass the time.

    What a great idea to have other families join in on the fun!


    1. Thank you! I do love me a good scavenger hunt. We've done the clue scavenger hunt before with my daughter. While she had fun, she got frustrated easily with figuring out the clue. Not sure if she was too young for it at 7.

  5. What? Stealing is proof isn't a good thing? But you set it up. I want to be sure you don't try to weasel out of it like a certain other denial you have hahaha

    They are fun to do with the kiddos indeed. Especially when prizes are involved. But yeah, I'd avoid the city.


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