You will need
- Device with access to the internet
Before you begin
- This is a great activity to run during an online session. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.
Play the game
- Everyone except the person leading the game should mute themselves.
- The person leading the game should name an item.
- Everyone should try to find the item and bring it back to their screen to show everyone.
Make it interesting
There are lots of different ways to make scavenger hunts more interesting:
- Take it in turns to call out an item – the first person to bring a correct item back could name the next item.
- Use a clue rather than naming an item – how about ‘something soft’ or ‘something that begins with s’? You could even use items to spell out your group’s name or the theme of your session. Make it competitive by awarding bonus points to people who come back with an item no one else has chosen.
- Turn it into a competition – challenge everyone to find the book with the longest title, the tin with the nearest best before date, or the socks with the most colours.
- Show everyone a specific or detailed item and ask them to find the closest match. For example, hold up a children’s book about trains – someone may bring a toy train while someone else grabs a different children’s book. People could have the chance to explain why their item is the best match. The person who showed the original item could decide who’s closest or people could vote by typing names in the chat.
This activity was all about exploration. Everyone needed to use their communication and problem solving skills to create and participate in a fun and challenging game. Everyone should take it in turns to name the item they found most easily. Why was this a simple task? People might suggest that the clue was explicit (for example, find a book) or that the item happened to be next to them. Now think about the items that were hardest to find. How did people make their clues more complex and challenging? Did anyone bring back unexpected items for a given clue? For example, someone might have set the task of finding ‘something that begins with s’ and while most people grabbed socks or shoes, someone picked their pet snake or Scottish smallpipes. Why might different people think of very different items for the same description?
- Online safety
Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.
For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.
As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.