Saturday, 2 November 2013

An Autumnal Scavenger Hunt

This fun scavenger hunt was supplied by Center Parcs - happy hunting!

With winter approaching faster than any of us would like, it is important that we get out and enjoy the autumnal weather. Autumn is a magical season of tonal changes and brusque walks. Admit it, there are few greater pleasures than wading knee deep in a pile of leaves, and I don’t care how old you are. It’s a season of great diversity and colour and lends itself to scavenger hunts set up for children. Be it in your garden, local park or as you set out on an autumn break, Center Parcs have designed a scavenger hunt for your child to enjoy with their friends. 

The Rules
  • Write down a list of things likely to be found in your garden/park. (We’ve started you off with a few examples below)
  • Give one to each child, along with a bag to carry their autumnal treasures
  • Explain that they need to find these items in an allotted amount of time 
  • Call them back 5 minutes before you stop the clock so you can see what they have found and give them a score
  • More points are awarded for rarity/difficulty to find. The winner is the one who found the rarest items.
An Example List of Scavenger’s autumn treasure
  • 1 point (least rare) – A yellow leaf
  • 2 points – An orange leaf
  • 3 points – A red leaf
  • 4 points – A twig with moss on it
  • 5 points – A squirrel
  • 6 points – An evergreen leaf
  • 7 points – A pigeon feather
  • 8 points – A pine cone
  • 9 points – A conker
  • 10 points (most rare) – An acorn
  • 50 points (extremely rare) – A hedgehog (remember to leave the hedgehog where he is, he doesn’t like being woken up!)

This is a great way to get the children out the house and into the great outdoors. With winter fast approaching it’s important to get them out in nature, break the rule of television and teach them about our indigenous wildlife. This game will entertain and exercise your children and their friends as they are challenged to find the most items. What inventive ways have you thought of getting your children outside and, most importantly, enjoying it? 

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