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22.05.2018
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National Scavenger Hunt Day: The Race Is On

It’s time to get your calendars out and cross through the 24th of May because National Scavenger Hunt Day is back!

If you don’t know what it’s all about, National Scavenger Hunt Day is an annual celebration that’s basically like a second Christmas for kids (well, almost). It’s based on the party game where teams or individuals compete against one another to tackle challenges or solve clues to find hidden treasures and win grand prizes. Think you don’t have a competitive bone in your body? Wait until you take part in a scavenger hunt!

How to take part

Three children playing scavenger hunt day with Yvolution product

Nowadays, you can join a scavenger hunt online and take part with people all over the world. Solving clues to find items online is cool, but we prefer duking it out in nature and getting in some healthy exercise. For maximum fun, use your scooter to cover ground quickly and find those hidden clues. This will give you a head start on the adults (scavenger hunts are highly addictive for parents as well).

Below are some of our favourite ideas for National Scavenger Hunt Day. All you have to do is choose the theme, customize your list of tasks and clues (just remember each clue has to lead to the next location), choose your teams and set a time limit, if required. The first team to find the most items or complete tasks during the time limit wins. Good luck!

1. Set up camp

Who doesn’t love a camping trip? It’s suitable for all ages and, if you don’t like going out into the wilderness, you can organise it in your own backyard! The hunt list can vary, so check what you have around the house, in the attic, basement or garage. Keep it simple and colour items if it makes them easier to spot. For example, add colour to clothing, a pinecone, bottle, flask cup, sock, boot, comb, feather, stone, rope etc. Just make sure none of the adults have a foot in both camps!

2. Out of the woods

In this case, into the woods! An awesome way to explore the great outdoors. You could team up with your local nature organisation and create a list of flora and fauna to find and a trail map to follow. How about hiding a key to a treasure box? Store some seeds, leaves and petals inside with clues to identify plants or flowers to be found – hairy ones, sharp ones, fragrant ones, types of trees and so on. If they can’t see the wood from the trees then they’ll be at it for hours, learning as they go.

3. Beach challenge

A day at the beach is super fun no matter what age you are, plus, you can have a reconnaissance mission taking obscure photos of things they will be tasked to find! Alternatively, you could have a best photo competition by giving each team a camera to find scenes or items (like a cave, type of seashell or creature) - bury something in the sand for added fun! Then, while they’re off hunting, take the opportunity to relax and soak up some rays. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

4. Around the block

A great chance for kids to get their bikes or scooters out so they can zoom around solving clues and completing tasks. If you’re near a shopping area, take obscure selfies outside a store with a clue to identify it, or task teams to have a picture taken with a store cashier and bring something back with a logo on it. You could really go to town with this idea for themed locations: How about a day out at a museum, attraction park, sports ground, zoo or observatory? You will be the talk of the town!

5. X marks the spot

A great chance for kids to get their bikes or scooters out so they can zoom around solving clues and completing tasks. If you’re near a shopping area, take obscure selfies outside a store with a clue to identify it, or task teams to have a picture taken with a store cashier and bring something back with a logo on it. You could really go to town with this idea for themed locations: How about a day out at a museum, attraction park, sports ground, zoo or observatory? You will be the talk of the town!

Our favourite thing about National Scavenger Hunt Day is that it brings the whole family together and puts a massive smile on little faces. Before long everyone is decoding clues and contemplating tasks – it’s irresistible, addictive fun! To remember the fun until next year, make sure you take a family selfie at the end (with the winner holding the treasure)!

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