Note to self: Scavenger hunts are always a hit with kids. ALWAYS!
The great thing about scavenger hunts is that you can give them a theme. I’ve done color themed hunts, or activity related hunts, in this case we were talking about being helpful at school and I created a recycling scavenger hunt for the week’s science project.
Recycling Scavenger Hunt
- Recycling Scavenger Hunt Sheets
- Scavenger hunt items
- Bags for collecting items
- Make your list For preschoolers I always create a visual list. It can be as simple as cutting and pasting a few images from the internet into a word doc and printing. Click the following link to download the complete set of Recycling Scavenger Hunt Sheets
- Set-up the hunt While no one was looking I hid items that belonged in each category around the school.
- Pair kids up & set them free! I gave one child the list and the other a bag and they walked (or should I say ran) around the school frantically grabbing the items.
- Collect items For this exercise I had three bins: blue, black, and green; as the kids finished finding all the items on their list I had them come back to me and we sorted everything in the appropriate bins.
The kids LOVED it. I don’t know what it is about a scavenger hunt but it is a sure winner. I had kids ask to me hide the items over and over again so that they could find them over and over again.
A mom told me the following day that the afternoon after the project her son asked her to go outside and there she discovered he had emptied the entire contents of their recycling bin on the lawn for her to find……..OOPS!