Birthday Parties For Children



Age Level: 8 and up

Number of Players: 6 or more

What Is Needed: for each team a list of things to find and a shopping bag

Type of Game: competitive

Location: outside


Divide the children into teams of three to four children each. Give each team a list (all the lists are the same), and tell the teams where they can go to find the objects. Each team gets a separate territory. Give the children a time limit (such as a half an hour), and be sure one member of each team has a watch or will be in charge of asking the time. The team that finds the most items on the list in the allotted time wins.

When making up the lists, include things the children stand a good chance of finding. For a neighborhood, some suggestions are a canceled stamp, a four-hole button, a straw, a rubber band, a penny dated in the sixties, a hairpin, and last Sunday's funnies. For a rural area or a park, some suggestions are a pine cone, a worm, a bug, moss, a white rock, something red, a piece of litter, a feather.

NOTE: Be sure the the children only visit neighbors that they know well.


Change the name of the game to suit the theme of the party: Leaf Scavenger Hunt for an Apples and Autumn Leaves Party, Beach Scavenger Hunt for a Beach Party, and so on.

Scavenger Hunt Illustration



Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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