Scavenger Hunt - Operation Birthday Bash for any size party Age 7 - 13
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This birthday party scavenger hunt is designed with a house full of kids in mind. It will work in any house but it's best to have access to a yard and a neighborhood if possible just to expand the playing area so the kids don't get in each other's way.
Your group will be divided into teams of up to 6 kids each. Each team will receive a collection bag containing a digital camera, rules of the game, their challenge sheet and various supplies. The teams will then embark on the scavenger hunt, taking pictures, finding hidden messages and obtaining specific items - all worth valuable points. They end the hunt by completing various projects, some with a birthday theme. To customize the scavenger hunt, you can easily add additional items, pictures and projects to the list.
Scavenger hunt challenges are broken down into 3 categories: Album challenges which include pictures (8) and finding hidden messages (2), 6 projects (we suggest you choose 3) and item collections (10). The full birthday party scavenger hunt will have detailed instructions and other options/alternatives to consider if you don't like or can't use the challenges as designed.
Bribe an adult for some supplies to make a big card for the birthday boy or girl. Take a picture of your youngest and oldest team members holding it. They also must be sticking out their tongues.
Open the mailbox and follow the instructions you find there. (There will be instructions to find a message in a balloon).
There are 6 projects to choose from. We suggest selecting 3. Some are quick and easy; others take more time. They range from making a birthday cake out of Play Dough/clay to putting together a puzzle as fast as they can.
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NUMBER OF TEAMS or PARTICIPANTS: Unlimited. We recommend no more than 8 kids per team.
LENGTH OF THE HUNT: About 2 hours.
PRE-HUNT PREP TIME: For up to 6 teams, you can put our scavenger hunts together in about 6 hours (includes shopping for supplies, reading the scavenger hunt and prepping the materials); as you add teams, you'll need to add time to the pre-hunt prep. You mostly need to print (and perhaps edit) the documents included with the kit, pack the collection bags and you'll need to shop for team prizes, digital cameras as well as other inexpensive supplies like clipboards, project items and such. Our facilitator guide provides a supply checklist for you.
THIS BIRTHDAY PARTY SCAVENGER HUNT INCLUDES FRIENDLY, HELPFUL SUPPORT ALONG WITH MASTER COPIES OF:
The hunt itself (of course); it's a complete hunt ready to go as it or you can customize it if you wish.
Rules of the game:
Our easy to follow facilitator guide, instructions and supply list
Point sheet (for team grading)
Team name badges
Collections table tents
Team album pages
A candy bar template you can use as a prize (the facilitator guide will give you more details on this)
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO BUY/PROVIDE: Team collection bags (plastic shopping bags or something fancier - your choice), one digital camera. Inexpensive items (like arts & crafts supplies, pens, clipboards and prizes). We'll let you know exactly what you need to get in our handy facilitators' guide that comes with this scavenger hunt.
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