Open Woods Scavenger Hunt
This is an outdoor activity loop and scavenger hunt the children design in advance of a holiday or birthday party with the goal of delighting others in the community with riddles and rewards—candy, when it’s a COVID-safe Halloween Scavenger Hunt.
A scavenger hunt is a creative place-making and community bonding activity. It empowers children to transform a space with an activity that others act out, and through directions they give in the form of riddles that children compose for others to decode. For storycrafting skills, this workshop develops a sense of authorial vision to transform a familiar space into a new and exciting interactive game.
Arrive 1 hour early to set up your scavenger hunt and “practice” the loop. Have the adult lead children in a Group Marvel: “Look at the change we made! We made this woods into a different kind of fun, welcoming space that people of all ages will seek out and enjoy! We did it by using our planning skills and empathy to envision what people would need to know to decide to do this. Then we used our storycrafting and artistic skills to make it—we made trails, set up stations, stocked them with candy, and provided riddle sheets and maps.”
AGES: Preschool-grade 4
TIME: 1 hour; highly flexible