When you’re homeschooling multiple ages sometimes it can be challenging to find field trips that will keep everyone engaged. Many times we’re busy trying to keep the little ones safe and occupied, while the older children explore and we hope they are gaining something from the experience. Scavenger hunts are a fun way to make sure everyone is having a good time and getting all they can out of the field trip.
Kinds of Scavenger Hunts
There are a variety of scavenger hunts you can use with field trips. Some work well for all ages and others are geared towards certain age groups.
- Picture Scavenger Hunts are great for younger children, especially children that aren’t reading yet or are still learning. They have pictures of things they will see on the field trip and the child looks for the things that match each picture and marks them off.
- Photo Scavenger Hunts are enjoyable for all ages and everyone can work together to complete them. A photo scavenger hunt lists items to find and take pictures with. Not only are they a lot of fun, but they also document the trip in an exciting way.
- Close-Up Scavenger Hunts also work well for all ages and can be challenging enough that it may take a group effort to complete them. A close-up scavenger hunt is similar to the picture hunt, but instead the picture is zoomed in and only shows part of the item.
- Solve the Clues Scavenger Hunts are an exciting challenge for those that can read and reason. They give clues or riddles about things that should be found during the field trip.
How to Make Your Own Scavenger Hunts for Field Trips
You can find a variety of scavenger hunts for field trips on Pinterest, but if you’re wanting to make one for a specific place it’s pretty easy to do, especially if your field trip destination has a website.
Step 1: Go to your destination’s website and do some research.
- Are there pictures of things you will see while on the field trip? If so, get ideas of what you can expect to see. For instance, a museum might have a mummy, dinosaur bones, or a covered wagon.
- Does the website have facts or information posted? If so, use the facts to make clues or get ideas for a photo scavenger hunt.
Step 2: From the information you gathered during your research put together scavenger hunts for your upcoming field trip.
- Find free images or clip art of similar items to make a picture scavenger hunt for younger children. If you’re making a close-up scavenger hunt, use the same pictures but crop them to only see part of the item. Be careful not to break any copyright laws and make sure the images are free for personal use first.
- Based on the pictures you saw of your field trip destination and information you gathered, write out things and items your children could take photos with for a photo scavenger hunt.
- Write out clues using the facts and information you found on the destination’s website for your older children to solve.
Step 3: Print your scavenger hunts off for your children and enjoy making fun, educational memories together.
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Abby is a former public school teacher, now homeschooling her five children. She’s in the trenches just like you and knows it can be challenging to be home with your kids all day while you struggle to keep up with the housework and educate your kids (and maybe even work on the side!). She blogs over at www.4onemore.com and hosts the Homeschool with Moxie podcast.