With both St. Patrick’s Day & Spring break coming up, we like to kick off the break in a fun way…with a St. Patrick’s Day Photo Scavenger Hunt! Scavenger Hunts are a fun activity to get the kids thinking and working together as a team. It just takes a little bit of prep work, to create a fun experience for a group of friends.
St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt:
We invited a large group of kids from our neighborhood for a hunt one day of our Staycation Spring Break last year. The only instructions they received were to wear tennis shoes and bring a digital camera (a small hand-held camera is ideal).
A little pre-work was involved, as I went to the local park we were holding the scavenger hunt at a few days prior to get a “lay of the land”. It allowed me to select a few clues that would personalize the hunt better. I was looking for unusual rocks, sculptures, or landscapes that they have to find. When creating the clues, I added activities they would have to catch on film as well – i.e. all teammates jumping in the air or mom taking a drink from the water fountain.
To give it more of a St. Patrick’s Day theme, I added clues to “find a four leaf clover”, “find a pot of gold – the more creative the better!” and “find all the colors of the Rainbow”. Hide some gold chocolate coins for the kids to find for a fun surprise.
Keep the hunt easy – allow the kids to naturally partner with who they would like to. Explain the rules, set the timer, and let them go!
Afterwards, we all came to our house to see the pictures everyone took. There are several programs available to create a quick and easy photo slideshow to play on a television. We served some leprechaun green cupcakes, gold chocolate coins, and green kool-aid (what else?) and had a blast seeing what everyone came up with.
Get creative with the prizes! We found funny St. Patrick’s Day themed goodies to give the team who earned the most points. The kids all had so much fun, everyone is asking us to do it again this year!