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Not So Lazy Days: Turn a walk around the block into a scavenger hunt

Updated on June 27, 2011
Little one checks off the "C" on his scavenger hunt list.
Little one checks off the "C" on his scavenger hunt list. | Source

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After dinner, we sometimes go on walks through the neighborhood for exercise and to make sure the kids are aware of their neighborhood.

To make it more interesting, tonight the boys competed in a scavenger hunt.

Because the little on cannot read yet, I found clip art images of common neighborhood items and made a list out of them. (If your children can read, you can make easily make a written list.) I handed the lists over to the boys just past our house, and we walked together around the block.

The first one to spot an item from the list got to claim it. The child who did not spot it first had to wait until we came upon another one.

The boys held their lists in front of them, scanning each house, business and sign for items. The little one was especially joyful when spotted something before his big brother.

Because there is only one mailbox along our route, and it was on the list, only child could win our game. (The oldest, who was losing at the moment, knew the mailbox was coming up and ran ahead to claim it. He won by default.)

About the Not So Lazy Days series

I've challenged myself to find a new activity to do five days a week every week of the kids' summer vacation. Activities will fall under one of three categories: Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games or Field Trips. Follow me on Twitter @readallaboutsam for immediate updates on posts!


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    • Samantha Sinclair profile image

      Samantha Sinclair 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks! It's just the clip art that came with one (or mixture of) my computer's applications.

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Way cool! I especially like the icons you made. I have a similar activity for my staycations series but it costs a little more with digital cameras.