There are 2 types of party games that every party needs to keep the excitement levels up – scavenger hunts and treasure hunts. If you’re looking for fun scavenger hunt ideas, you have come to the right place!
Though both scavenger hunts and treasure hunts involve finding hidden things, there is a big difference between the two.
A scavenger hunt starts with a list of things to find and a set time for finding them. There are no clues given to help the players find the items. They have to scavenge for them.
A treasure hunt has no time limit and the players are given clues to help them find the hidden treasure.
I have a feeling you are more interested in the scavenger hunt, so I’ll give you the ultimate list of scavenger hunt ideas for your next party (or just a great family afternoon).
Backyard Scavenger Hunt Ideas
Hide some items all around your backyard and give the players a list of the things to find. This can be played as an individual or team game. To spice things up, make a different list for each player or team but include one item common to both. Make the common item especially difficult to find.
Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
This is a variation of the backyard scavenger hunt. The only twist is that the hunting ground is now extended to part of the neighborhood or the entire neighborhood. It is especially good if all the kids in the neighborhood participate. Be sure to inform all the stakeholders in your neighborhood about your planned game.
Make a list of nature-related things for the players to find or see. Extra points for finding particular colors, e.g. a red flower. This is a great way to get children to explore nature and learn about the natural things around them while having a great time.
Have the players find things associated with the five senses. Be sure to be specific so as to avoid the kids touching or tasting what they shouldn’t. For example, they can look for a sour lemon, a soft teddy, or a loud drum. Make sure there is ample supervision for this game.
Family Reunion Scavenger Hunt
This is especially fun at family gatherings. Hide old photos of family members and have the players find the photos and match them to the current face. This should be a lot of fun for the whole family.
Have the players find wild animals. No, not in the jungle. Get a packet of miniature plastic wild animals and hide them for the players to find. You can also use pictures in place of the plastic toys.
Out Door Motor Sensory
Players can look for something that is related to their motor senses. For example, they can find something to climb over or under, something to swing on, or something to balance on their heads. Though most of these can be found naturally, you might have to improvise or create some for yourself – like a rope tied to a branch in the case of something to swing on.
St. Patrick’s Scavenger Hunt
In this variation of a scavenger hunt, players have to scavenge for a list of green things. Make a list of green socks, green cup, green hat, green leaf, or anything you have on hand that is green. You can adapt this one to suit whatever holiday is approaching or being celebrated.
Solve the Riddle
This is an interesting variation of the scavenger hunt that is suitable for all ages but can be more interesting for older kids or adults. Instead of the ordinary list of things to find or do, players have to solve a riddle whose answer is the object they are to hunt for.
Create a list of baking ingredients and have the players find them. Once they’ve found everything on the list, go ahead and bake a cake (or something else simple).
You will need a lot of costumes for this one depending on the number of players. If not, have the children work in groups. Create a list of the components of an entire costume for each team and have them look for them. For example, one team can look for pieces of a pirate costume. To win the game, players must not only find the entire costume, but they should also dress one of their team members up in the costume.
At the Beach
You don’t really have to go the beach for this one but a few props can make it more interesting. Create a list of things that can be found at the beach and have players find pictures of them. If you have some actual beach stuff like shells or a beach towel, you can throw them into the mix.
The Hunt is On
A scavenger hunt is one of the simplest, cheapest, and yet most exciting party game you can include in your repertoire of party game ideas. All you need is a bit of creativity. Use whatever you have on hand and let the hunt begin.