Scavenger Hunt Your child will listen to a story—told by you—and go on a scavenger hunt to find objects mentioned in the story.

What You'll Need:

story printout (or pulled up on your mobile device), timer, 10 items from the story: hat, teddy bear, paper clip, hairpin, metal hanger, jacket, toothbrush, pajamas, dollar bill, two pennies

Estimated Time

30 minutes

Level:

moderate
What Your Child Will Learn:
  • Explain the game. Tell your kids that today’s activity is going to require super listening ears and amazing memory skills. Let them know that you will read a story to them and their job is to listen carefully to the items mentioned in the story, go on a scavenger hunt to search for those items in the house, and then bring as many of them back to you in the fastest amount of time. Kids can work together to remember and find the items.
  • Read the story. Use the story printout or pull up the story on your computer or mobile device. Make sure you read the bolded words slowly and enunciate them clearly so your kids can hear and remember the objects as you say them.
  • Go hunting. After reading the story, tell your kids to get ready, start a timer, and say, “GO!” Working together, they can collect as many of the 10 items from the story as they can remember and bring them back to you. After five minutes, call time. Count their items and see how many of the ten they were able to remember. Don't forget to take photos!
  • Repeat until complete. Read the story again and have them listen for the remaining items. Then set the timer for a shorter period of time and see how quickly they can find the remaining items. Keep going until they’ve found all the objects. When you are finished, give lots of praise and reward them with a special treat, like ice cream or a cookie.
  • Share your photo! Snap a photo of your kids doing this activity and upload it to Facebook. Then tell your friends about all the fun and free activities available at Smart Kids Launchpad.
Teachable Moment

One of the most valuable lessons you can teach your kids is to be good listeners. Doing a job well requires listening and following instructions. One day when your kids have real jobs, their employers will expect that when they ask them to do something, they will do it and do it well. So teach your kids to do the same at home. If they practice this skill often enough, they will grow into responsible adults who win in their careers and in life.

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