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Easy Outdoor Team Games for Kids

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger Hunts develop your tracking skills and provide lots of excitement as you race to find the next object. This game has been around for ages and never goes out of style!

Before you start, set the limits -- do you want the teams to cover the entire neighborhood or just your block? And remember, the items on the scavenger list must be collected only from public areas or from neighbors who give permission. Teams also can "collect" trees or buildings by writing down their locations or by drawing pictures.


What You'll Need:

  • Paper and pencil
  • Paper bags for small items

How to Have Scavenger Hunts:

Step 1: Give teams (two to four kids on each team) a list of 10 to 20 things to find. Make sure the items on the list are hard to find, but not impossible,

Step 2: Send the teams to scavenge the predetermined area.

Step 3: The first team that gets back home with all its items is the winner.

Suggestions: For a Halloween hunt, find something green (like the face of Frankenstein's monster), something pale (like a vampire), or something sharp (like a fang). Spot three stores with Halloween displays in front. Collect ingredients for a witch's cauldron.

Eco-hunt: Pick up something that was thrown away that can be recycled. Spot three examples of people helping wildlife. Find a bird's nest (but don't disturb it). Spot three types of flowers used by butterflies or bees.

Know your neighborhood: Find the largest tree in the neighborhood,

a house with a red door, or the nearest mailbox. List houses with basketball hoops, birdbaths, wishing wells, pink flamingos, or birdhouses.

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