April 18, 2011

Photo Scavenger Hunt

When I posted the Spring Scavenger Hunt a couple of weeks ago a few of you mentioned that you've done photo scavenger hunts with your kids before.  I thought it would be fun to try one out with Rex.  I let him use my old point and shoot camera.  (If you have a really nice camera you don't want your kids using you could let them use your phone.)

The first thing I did was make a little book of all the items for him to photograph.  I didn't want to take pictures of all of them myself and print them all off because it uses so much toner.  He also doesn't read yet, so I chose to do some simple drawings.  Here's what it looked like.  It only takes one piece of paper to make the booklet and I'll show you how to do it.






It's an easy little thing for him to carry with him as he searches for the items. 

The book isn't too tricky.  You fold up the paper into eighths, like you see below.  Don't worry too much about which direction you're folding it.  You're just essentially creating your lines at first.  Then cut a slit in the paper right where you see it below.  (It's only accross the top of the cover page and the shirt page.)


Now, see how you pinch those pages by the slit to create pages?


Crease those in the right direction until you have four pages like this.


Then close it like a book.  It think it's easiest to create the booklet and then draw the pictures.



You could do a more complex scavenger hunt with older children.  You could do a fun outdoor one as well.  The options are endless.  This game was a little tricky for Rex.  He's three and hasn't had the chance to use my camera much.  I think this would be good for children 4 and up (or younger if they happen to have mad camera skills.)  It could be a quick fun activity for a rainy day.

Thanks for reading.  Tomorrow I'll have one last teacher appreciation idea for you.

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