An indoor scavenger hunt or house hunt is great fun to do in the home.
They are easy to set up, adaptable and can use whatever items you have around the house. A scavenger hunt will develop a range of skills in a fun, relaxed, and natural way. And if you can play scavenger hunts in teams at home, they will also encourage teamwork and problem solving. And good for parents, a scavenger hunt can last for quite a long time!
Prepare a list of items for your children to find around the home. To make the game more competitive you can set a timer to see how quickly your child can find the items. To practise their English skills be sure to include numbers, color and nouns, depending upon their ability.
For example, ask them to find one green scarf or brown shoe, two black socks, find something beautiful, find a white envelope, find something shiny or a sparkly bag.
Or you could introduce shapes and have a scavenger hunt to find something circular, triangular shaped and square.
Why not have a colour themed scavenger hunt? Ask your child to find something from all the colours of the rainbow. Or a pirate or superhero version! If you have a garden you can do one there, with items you might find in the garden. The options are endless and such fun to watch as they run round the house finding the items.
When they return with the item they have found, help them sound or spell out the word. And remember to praise them for their efforts!
When the game is finished, do remember to get them to help put the items away too.
You can download this activity here. And do post pictures on our global Facebook page of what items your child has found around the house during their scavenger hunt.