Let’s be honest, a trip to the seaside is a fun experience in itself for children. However, no matter how much fun something is, there is always a way to add to excitement levels. Next time you head to the beach, don’t just look out to sea, instead, look around your feet. Notice how there is so much more than pebbles and sand here? There will be a wealth of different things that have washed up on the beach over time, take shells for example, or even a bit of driftwood. Straight away you already have a fun game to play with your children the next time you head to the beach, say hello to the idea of a Seaside Scavenger Hunt.
For the purposes of this article I am going to be presuming that you are planning a kids scavenger hunt. To be honest though, you could ramp up your planning a little and make this more of an ‘grown ups’ game. My feeling is though, the main reason as to why you are going to want to run a scavenger hunt like this is more of an educational experience. Honestly, there is a lot to learn about life at the seaside, especially when it comes to the wildlife. It also provides a great way for children to get a bit of exercise. Honestly, if you come up with some decent scavenger hunt ideas then you will have your children running about all day trying to find various things to put into their bag and bring to you.
So what sort of things do you want them to be on the lookout for? Well, I suggest that you should get children looking for shells and various colored stones. Searching for these things always seems to work pretty well, and the children are going to have a nice little souvenir to take home to help them remember their time at the seaside. In addition to this, I suggest that you take the time to allow your seaside scavenger hunt to be a bit more about appreciating the wildlife that you can find at the seaside. One suggestion here though, don’t have them picking up the wildlife themselves. A key part of their education should be that things should be looked at but not touched. I therefore suggest partnering up with your children and carrying around a camera. You can take various photographs of the wildlife they see. Of course, what you are going to be searching for during your little hunt will depend on where you are actually carrying out. For example, some areas may have crabs for you to spot, others may not. Do carry out a bit of research beforehand when trying to come up with your scavenger hunt ideas to be sure that you and your children aren’t going to be running around all day trying to find something which isn’t really there (you have no idea how annoying that is until you find yourself in that position!).
I look as this as more of an educational experience than a true game (although it is going to fun!). Therefore your standard scavenger hunt riddles are going to be off the menu here. Instead you I suggest that you look into printing up small snippets of information about the various things that your child will end up finding. This way when they find it, they can learn a little bit more about what they have found! There is plenty of information out there on the internet and thus it shouldn’t be too difficult. Of course, you won’t be able to get information about the pebbles, but you certainly will about shells, wildlife and other things. In fact, you may want to expand beyond the standard ‘nature’ scavenger hunt. Remember, there are a number of other things that we closely associate with the seaside. For example, deck chairs, promenades, ice creams and much more. Try to get your child on the look out for these too! Although of course, don’t make it so intense that they won’t have a chance to swim!
I know I said previously that scavenger hunt riddles are out of the question, but this is something that you could always look into if you have older children. There are plenty of websites out there dedicated to riddles so it shouldn’t take too long to find. Remember though, your riddles are most likely going to need to be fairly basic as you don’t really have time to ‘set up’ a scavenger hunt at the beach, for example, you aren’t going to have them rushing from clue to clue. As I mentioned before, this is something that you should look into as an educational experience, especially if you are a teacher taking a couple of kids away on a school trip!
You can get ready-made seaside riddles here:
A couple of safety tips here. As you know, the beach and the seaside is an incredibly dangerous place for a child to be on their own at any age. Not only do you have to keep an eye out for the dangers of nature, but also of the various types of people that do tend to hang around the beaches. My suggestion is that you stay with your child at all times. You don’t need to help them with the scavenger hunt, in fact, I actively encourage that you don’t. However, never be more than a few metres away from them!
Of course, this is just a small snippet of ideas that you can incorporate into your kids scavenger hunt. I admit, you are going to know a lot more about your child than I do, so just choose something for them which you know is going to be fun. This is going to be the best way if you want to ensure a fantastic day out at the seaside. Of course, once they have completed their hunt, don’t forget to reward them with that obligatory seaside ice cream!
Easter is getting near, the kids are on holiday, and you are probably getting pestered with the dreaded phrase ‘I’m bored!’. Easter is a wonderful holiday, and can be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, someone has to organise that fun. This is where our most recent find comes in really handy!
This site called “Photo Scavenger Hunts” is full of fun ideas, photo challenges, and even more traditional riddle scavenger hunt clues (where you solve one clue to find the next). If you haven’t organised a scavenger hunt, then these help:
On the home page you’ll find menus of clues for all times of the year, and many different places/activities. When you click one of the menu pictures, it takes you to the scavenger hunt clues page, where the event is explained in more detail and the clues can be downloaded. If you purchase a clue pack, then you will get an email with the download link included.
However, as Easter is only a couple of weeks away (or less, if you are reading this late), the you may want to jump straight to the Easter scavenger hunt clues page to download your pack today:
If you aren’t the creative type, then the Scavenger Hunt Ideas page will really cure any chance of your players being bored. I warn you now, it takes some reading as the page is huge. However, it is loaded with gameplay ideas and ways to increase competition! You also don’t have to stick with traditional approaches, such as hidding eggs. Best photos could win grand prizes, you could hide chocolate eggs, chocolates, or even toys etc … whatever your friends/family will enjoy the most.
Have a wonderful Easter, and if you organise a scavenger hunt, please let us know how you get on!