When the lazy days of summer become a bit too lazy, we find ourselves itching to get out of the house. But when it’s too hot to go to the park (and you’ve seen all the movies), what is there to do? One tried-and-true family favorite is having a scavenger hunt. Here are two that will get you off the couch, out of the house, and into exploring your neighborhood and city…
Around Town Scavenger Hunt: Pick one of your favorite places to visit, like the aquarium, arboretum, or museum. Go to their website, and with your child, find pictures of 5-10 different things to look for. Then create a list for your child. When you go to the venue, your kids will have a great time wandering around, looking for those items. An alternate way to play is to find pictures of buildings or other structures that can be seen from the street. Then play a driving game of scavenger hunt from your air-conditioned car.
Listening Scavenger Hunt: Pick one of your favorite spots to take a walk—maybe it’s your neighborhood in the morning or around the mall in the afternoon—and make a list of all of things you might hear on your walk. Around your neighborhood, it might be dogs barking, birds chirping, kids playing. At the mall, it might be teenagers laughing, someone ordering a cookie in the food court, music being playing loudly at one of the shops. You’ll sharpen listening and attention skills while “seeing” a familiar place in a new light.