November’s Smarty is a Scavenger Hunt – a perfect rainy day activity! Scavenger hunts directly target picture-object matching, and visual and spatial memory skills. Because a scavenger hunt can be adapted with endless variations, it can be used to target a myriad of skills that’s perfect for preschool to adulthood.
Here are a few variations you can do with a scavenger hunt:
- Turn the hunt into a team activity for a play date or make it a competition. Scavenger hunts make great birthday party activities too!
- Make this a socialization opportunity at a family gathering. If your child is shy around extended family, a photo scavenger hunt is a perfect ice breaker, and gives numerous opportunities to practice conversation skills. Give your child a list of names or pictures and ask them to find those people and take their picture for a memory album and ask them to find specific activities.
- Add a timed component. Use your timer to see how fast your child can complete the hunt. If your child has anxiety about timed activities this is a low pressure, enjoyable way to build confidence while being timed.
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