Simple Scavenger Hunt
Pen, index cards or paper, basket or pail
This simple scavenger hunt can be done by children as young as 18 months and is a fun activity for a rainy day. Draw pictures of 2 common household items, such as a shoe and a book, on an index card or piece of paper and write the items' names next to them. Give the child the list and identify the items together. Then give her a basket or other container and ask her to collect the items on the list. When she has finished collecting them, ask her to put the items back where she found them. If your child enjoys the game, add items to the list or create a new list and play again. Preschoolers will enjoy playing with longer lists of more specific or harder to find items, such as a brown shoe, a Disney book, or something purple.