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.

18 comments:

  1. This is brilliant! Can't wait to try it on my visiting nieces and nephews at easter!!

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  2. That's so fun! I don't think my 8-month old will appreciate it just yet, but I'm filing this away for when he's older!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  3. Love how to make that book! Oh, the ideas!!!

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  4. that book is brilliant! I mean, I love the photo scavenger hunt idea, but the possibilities for that little book are ENDLESS!
    I LOVE IT!

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  5. This is a great idea, my son would love it. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  6. Brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. genius! I will definitely be doing this with my little dude!

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  8. What a great idea! I love the little booklet with the handdrawn pictures...too cute!

    Wouldn't it be fun to do a linky party with a blogger photo scavenger hunt?

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  9. What a CUTE idea!!! I shall have to file this one away for when my baby is older. :)

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  10. This is such a great idea!
    Thanks so much!

    home-blossom.blogspot.com

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  11. Why didn't I read this yesterday when I had my sister's girls for the afternoon (7hrs!!!)????

    The boys devised games they thought would interest them instead. They played tips, red rover cross-over and touch football for hours in the backyard! The girls loved it. Then they came in for showers, dinner and some Ben 10 Ultimate Alien. Perfect girly entertainment!

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  12. what a fantastic idea!! my little guy got a v-tech camera for his birthday and loves taking pics. so much so i feature them every friday we call it the 'view from here' - come by and check them out... grab a button and join in the fun!

    http://polliwogsinbloom.blogspot.com/2011/04/view-from-here_08.html

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  13. Thank you so much for the idea, my little man is turning 3 in June, and I made this for him yesterday, and he loved it! he had soooo much fun running up and down the stairs looking for the items.

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  14. That's a really great idea. My 4 year old loves to take pictures,and the scavenger hunt would make it so much fun for him!

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  15. I love this idea! I am going to try it with my son!!

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  16. Cute! I love this! I'm going to make one for my little guy.

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  17. Very nice ideas, thank you for sharing. My older children could easily make books w/that little trick. :)

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  18. And you are a good artist too.

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