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Preparation:

The basic premise of a Scavenger Hunt is to hide several prizes and clues either indoors or outdoors. You can use all different items-such as small toys or different candies-or items that are all the same-such as gold-wrapped chocolate coins. Write out a list of clues to help your guests find the hidden prizes, and print enough copies so that each child can have his or her own list.

Sample Clues

Here is a list of clues that you can for for any type of party. Of course, you can use your creativity and customize them for your theme. We have many suggestions in the guides below that are tailored to more specific party ideas.

  • (Fill in the blank) is missing! It's hidden from view. If you want to find it, then here's what you do: Follow the clues, they'll lead you to more. To find you're next clue, look by the front door.
  • It's a clue that you want, a clue you expect, so look by the steps that lead to the deck.
  • You'll have a clue to keep and to hold, if you go to the place where you keep food cold.
  • Now quick as a wink, look by the sink!
  • As fast as you can, there's no time to slouch, you'll find your next clue by the living room couch.
  • In the front yard, you'll find an oak tree. If you look all around, it's a clue you will see.
  • It's a clue that you want, a clue that you seek... Go to the grill and take a close peek.
  • Seek and search, peek and snoop, look very carefully by the basketball hoop.
  • The next clue is simple, it's not hard at all. Look near the closet in the front hall.
  • A clue, a clue, now where could it be? I think there might be one by the TV.
  • The next clue is easy, the cat's in the bag; just take a step back, and look at the flag.
  • Looking for clues? You move like a snail! Hurry it up and go check the mail.
  • This isn't a trick, and it isn't a trap. What do you use to give cold food a zap?

At the Party:

Ask the group if they would like to work alone or in groups of two. (Take a vote, if necessary.) If you have prepared a list of clues, pass out copies (one per child or one per group). If there is no list, be sure to give the children a description of the prize(s), and tell them exactly how many you have hidden. See if they can find all of the prizes within a certain time limit and/or reward the child or group that finds the most prizes during the course of the party.

There are many variations of this game from which to choose; be creative, and play a different way every time!


Cake Hunt Variations

Cake Hunt

A cake hunt requires following a series of clues in order to find the birthday cake. You can use the list of sample clues at the top of the page or create your own.

What You'll Need:

  • Index Cards or Paper
  • A Pen or Marker
  • A Cake

Preparation:

Write a clue that leads to a location on each index card or piece of paper. If preschoolers are participating, you will have to either find a helper to assist them with reading the clues or draw pictures of the locations of subsequent clues. Hide all clues in the appropriate spots, starting with the last clue and working backwards. Place the cake out of sight, and bring it out just before the children arrive at the last clue. (Ideally, the last clue should take them to the cake table.)

At the Party:

Have someone appear with the first clue and tell the children that there's a rat in the house and he's stolen the birthday cake! It's up to your guests to follow the clues and recover the cake. Get them started on their cake hunt by reading the first clue out loud. Then, let the children follow the trail of clues to the cake table. When the children are one or two clues away from the end, remove the cake from its hiding place, and put it on the cake table (i.e. the final destination).

Variations and Party Ideas:

  1. Brave - Hunt For Blue Wisps: Princess Merida follows a trail of blue wisps to change her destiny. Have your Brave party guests search the party area for clues that will lead them to their prize! Use bows of blue chiffon ribbon as wisps.

  2. Criminal Cake Hunt: This would work for any type of superhero party. You can tell the kids that the villain has stolen the cake and they need to use their superhero smarts to outwit the criminal and find the cake.

  3. Enchanted Cake Hunt: All of the princesses must be on the hunt for an enchanted cake that was stolen by the Evil Queen.

  4. Fairy Cake Hunt: Tell all of the little Tinkerbells that Captain Hook has stolen their cake and they need to fly through Neverland searching for clues to its whereabouts.

  5. Hogwarts Cake Hunt: For this one you will need a few copies of our Snitch Clue Pattern.
  6. Preparation:

    Print a few copies of our Snitch Clue Pattern, cut out the golden snitches, and write your clues on them. You can use the sample clues below and/or make your own clues! Hide each clue in its appropriate spot, working backwards from where you will hide the birthday cake.

    Sample Harry Potter Clues:

    • Harry's a Wizard; Hermione's a Witch. Follow the clues that look like a Snitch!
    • The first clue is easy for ickle firsties; just look in the place you go when you're thirsty.
    • You've found one clue, and you want some more? Look for a clue on the back of a door.
    • Nick thinks you can; he knows you are able. Now look in the kitchen; I'd try by the table!
    • One twin is George and the other is Fred; they have left you a clue in the backyard shed.
    • Hogwarts has doors with portraits as locks; to unlock your clue, look in the mailbox.
    • Winky's an elf that belongs to old Crouch; now quick as a Winky, look by the couch!

    At the Party:

    Tell your guests that Peeves the Poltergeist has played another one of his nasty tricks by hiding the birthday cake! He has left clues that will lead the children to the hidden cake, if they can figure them out. Hand the children the first clue, and tell them to follow the trail until they find the missing cake. For a simple transition into serving the birthday cake, the clues should lead back to the cake table.

    The Harry Potter name and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Ent. This guide is not affiliated with or endorsed by Warner Bros. Ent.

  7. Martian Cake Hunt: Your little aliens have landed on Earth and they need to find the fuel (cake) that will give them the energy they need to get back to their planet. Or, you can tell the kids they are in outer space and they must search the galaxy for the cake.

  8. Road Rally Cake Hunt: For this variation, sample clues can include:
    • Put the pedal to the floor to find a clue by the door!
    • It's time for you to make a stop; the pit crew's clue is near a mop.
    • Your car is cool; your car is fast. The clue is hidden near the trash.
    • This clue's really not a stumper. You'll find it near a chrome rear bumper.
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Adventure Hike and Hunt

Adventure Hike and Hunt

What You'll Need:

  • Plastic bugs, snakes, and lizards
  • Paper bags to collect the items they find

Preparation:

Before the party, hide the toy bugs, snakes and lizards in your yard. Put some on low branches of trees and under rocks.

At the Party:

  1. Hand each guest a bag to hold any bugs or snakes he/she finds.
  2. Tell them to look for bugs, snakes and lizards to collect as they hike.
  3. Then lead the guests on a hike through the yard.
  4. Let them keep any toy creatures they find.

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Beach Scavenger Hunt

Beach Scavenger Hunt

Preparation:

  1. Make a list of items to be found on the scavenger hunt.
  2. Make a copy of the list for each team.
  3. Younger children will need fewer items on their list while older kids have the patience to keep looking for more items.
  4. Use your best judgment when choosing how many items to include from these suggestions:
    • 10 seashells
    • 1 large shell
    • 1 tiny shell
    • 2 perfect seashells with both sides attached
    • fossil
    • coin
    • leaf
    • seed
    • small feather
    • large feather
    • smooth rock
    • drift wood
    • crab shell
    • crab claw
    • a long piece of seaweed
    • fish bone
    • fish hook
    • Frisbee
    • beach ball
    • beach pail
    • sand shovel
    • palm frond
    • piece of rope
    • sunglasses
    • sunscreen lotion

At the Party:

  1. Divide the children into teams and hand each team a copy of the list of items to find.
  2. Give them a time limit to find as many items as possible and then meet back at the party area.
  3. Younger kids should spend about 20-30 minutes on their scavenger hunt, but parties for older kids (ages 9 and up) can allow an hour for searching.
  4. Make sure each team has someone with a watch and someone that knows how to tell time.
  5. Now send everyone out to hunt!
  6. The team that returns on time with the most items is the winner.
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Bike Ride Scavenger Hunt

Bike Ride Scavenger Hunt

This scavenger hunt is a simple and fun way to entertain a large group of children during an outside party.

What You'll Need:

  • A copy of the Bike Ride Scavenger Hunt Checklist for each team.
  • Every player must have a bike to ride
  • A pencil or pen for each team
  • A bag for each team
  • An adult for every team
  • Prizes

At the Party:

  1. Divide the children into groups of 4 or 5.
  2. Assign an adult to ride with each group during their hunt.
  3. Give each group one copy of the Bike Ride Scavenger Hunt checklist, a pencil or pen, and a bag.
  4. Send the groups outside on a bike ride to start searching for the items on the list. Instruct them to place all the items they find in their bags.
  5. Once a team finds all the items, they must hurry back to you. The first team to come back with all the items wins s prize!

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Bug Hunt

Bug Hunt!

What You'll Need:

  • Small, inexpensive plastic bugs
  • Plastic bags

Preparation:

Before the party, hide small, inexpensive plastic bugs in your yard. If the weather is not cooperating, play this game indoors by hiding the bugs in the party space.

At the Party:

  1. Hand each child a plastic bag to hold any bugs he/she finds.
  2. Tell the children that the yard is full of bugs and it's their job to find them.
  3. Let the children have fun playing in the yard and collecting insects.
  4. If you wish, press a bug sticker onto each child's shirt as their reward.
  5. For older children, consider handing out a bug keeper to whichever child finds the most bugs.
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Candy Scavenger Hunt

Candy Scavenger Hunt

What You'll Need:

  • Printed copies of our Candy Scavenger Hunt List, one per guest
  • Small bags of wrapped, bite-sized candy and snacks listed on the Candy Scavenger Hunt List
  • Empty goodie bags, one per guest
  • Pens and pencils, one per guest
  • A small prize

Preparation:

  1. Gather all the wrapped candy and mix them up.
  2. In a 50 x 50-foot grassy area or backyard, toss the candy in the grass.
  3. Secure all pets away from the playing area during this game.

Notes: If you are playing this game in hot weather, you may want to freeze the candy before the game begins. This will help prevent the candy from melting in the sun. Also, to make the game more difficult, use less candy. For instance, if the children only need to find one pack of gum, make sure there are only two or three packs on the field.

At the Party:

  1. Give each child one copy of the Candy Scavenger Hunt List and an empty goodie bag.
  2. Instruct the children that they must gather only the candy on the Candy Scavenger Hunt List. Children grabbing extra candy are disqualified. They'll have their chance later to get more candy.
  3. The first person to find all the candy on the list and bring it back to you wins a prize!
  4. After the game ends, have the children go back in the field and gather the remaining candy to keep.
  5. Search the field for extra candy before letting your pets back in the area.
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Cinderella's Slipper Hunt

Cinderella's Slipper Search

What You'll Need:

  • A Pair of Slippers or High-Heeled Shoes
  • Paper
  • A Pen or Marker

Preparation:

Write clues (see samples at the top of the page) on scraps of paper. Work backwards, leaving clues at each location listed on the previous clue. Hide one of the "slippers" at the destination to which the clues lead.

At the Party:
  1. Have someone appear with the matching "slipper" and an urgent note from the "Fairy Godmother" which says that, in order to go to the ball, the children must locate the missing slipper.
  2. Read the children the first clue, then let them follow the clues until they get to the slipper.
  3. You may want to have play dresses and old gowns where the shoe is hidden so that the children can play dress up for the ball!

The Cinderella name and all related characters and elements are the property of Disney. This guide is not affiliated with or endorsed by Disney.

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Circus Animal Hunt

circus animal hunt

What You'll Need:

  • Several Bags
  • Animal Crackers OR Plastic Animal Toys

Preparation:

Hide animal crackers or plastic animals around the playing area.

At the Party:

  1. Divide your guests into teams of 3 or 4.
  2. Each team selects a circus character with an identifiable sound-for example clowns laugh, lions roar, and Ring Masters say "Ladies and Gentlemen!"
  3. Each team picks one person to be the captain.
  4. The captain is given a bag to collect the crackers or toy animals since captains are the only players allowed to pick up the animals.
  5. If a non-captain player finds an animal, he/she has to make the team's selected character noise (e.g. roar if a lion) to signal the captain to collect the animal.
  6. However, another team's captain may take that animal if he/she gets to it first.
  7. Set a time limit of 5 to 10 minutes, and then say, "Go!" The team with the most animals at the end of the time limit wins.
  8. If desired, let the players keep the animals they collect.
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Classroom Scavenger Hunt

Classroom Scavenger Hunt

What You'll Need:

At the Party:

  1. Divide the children into groups of 4 or 5.
  2. Give each group one copy of the Classroom Scavenger Hunt checklist, a pencil or pen, and a bag.
  3. The teams can begin searching for the items on the list. Instruct them to place all the items they find in their bags.
  4. Once a team finds all the items, they must hurry back to you. The first team to come back with all the items wins a prize!
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Egg Hunt Variations

Turtle Egg Hunt

What You'll Need:

  • Several plastic eggs (enough for 3-4 per child)
  • Small candies to put inside the eggs
  • Small toys and favors to match your party theme
  • Bags (one for each child) to collect their eggs
  • Small toys and favors to match your party theme
  • Lots of hiding spaces

Preparation:

  1. Fill the plastic eggs with small toys and candy.
  2. Assign each child a different number and then write the numbers largely on 3-4 eggs. This will assure each child finds the same number of eggs.
  3. Also write the numbers on the goodie bags. For instance, if you have 20 guests, there should be 20 bags with the numbers 1-20 assigned.
  4. Hide the eggs throughout the party area or in a grassy area outside.

At the Party:

  1. Give each child a numbered goodie bag. Tell them they are going on a an egg hunt for prizes! They can only find the eggs that match the number on their goodie bag.
  2. Once a child finds an egg with their number on it, they can put it in their goodie bag to keep.
  3. If someone finds all their eggs early, they can help their friends find eggs.

Tip: When stuffing the plastic eggs, make sure no child has duplicate prizes. Each child should receive a variety of candy and toys to make the game fair.

Variations:

  1. Easter Egg Hunt: You can use real decorated eggs or filled plastic eggs. Let the kids collect them in Easter Baskets that will hold other take home party favors and the end of the party.
  2. Dinosaur Egg Hunt: Create a Jurassic hunting area with boxes for caves and dinosaur toys as prizes.
  3. Dragon Egg Treasure Hunt or Pirate Treasure Hunt: Fill the eggs with themed items and add a map for each child to follow to find their eggs.
  4. Turtle Egg Hunt: You'll need a large sandbox for this, since turtles bury their eggs in the sand. This would also be fun to play in a designated area on the beach. Just remember where you put all of the eggs so nothing gets left behind.
  5. Godzilla Egg Hunt: Explain to the children that Godzilla's Eggs are missing and he is on a hunt to find them. He is really mad so the kids have to find them fast. You can designate an adult to be Godzilla and chase the kids around as they are searching for an added element of excitement.
  6. Hunt For Smurfberries: You can use all blue eggs and call them Smurf berries. Make your prizes Smurf themed.
  7. Vampire Hunt: Fill red and black eggs with toy vampire teeth, temporary tattoos and Halloween candy. For an added element of fun, do it in the dark with flashlights to help with the search
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Find Barbie's Things

Find Barbie's Things

Before the Party:

Hide Barbie accessories, like clothes, phones, cars, etc., around the party area. You can also hide objects that relate to Barbie, such as high-heeled shoes.

During the Party:

Tell your guests that Barbie has lost some of her things and they have to find as many of her belongings, or items that they think relate to Barbie, hidden around the house. See what they bring back that you hid - and didn't! Whomever finds the most relevant objects wins!

The Barbie name and all related characters and elements are the property of Mattel. This guide is not affiliated with or endorsed by Mattel.

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Finding Nemo

Find Nemo

What You'll Need:

  • Clownfish toys (at least 1 per guest)

Preparation:

Hide the clown fish toys around the party area.

At the Party:

  1. Tell your guests that they need to find Nemo and bring him back home.
  2. Send them out to search the party area and bring back as many clown fish toys they can find.
  3. Either award a prize to the child who finds the most fish, or award a prize to each person as they bring Nemo home.

The Finding Nemo name and all related characters and elements are the property of Disney Enterprises, Inc. This guide is not affiliated with or endorsed by Disney Enterprises, Inc.

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Fire Squad Scavenger Hunt

Firefighter Scavenger Hunt Clues

What You'll Need:

  • One or More Copies of our Fire Token Pattern
  • Scissors
  • Several Brown Paper Bags

Preparation:

Before the party, print out at least one copy of our Fire Token pattern. Each copy has 12 tokens, and you will want to have at least 2 tokens per guest.

Cut out each token using a pair of scissors. Hide them in various places around the party area. For older children, make them more difficult to find. For younger children, you may want to place them in more obvious locations.

At the Party:

Divide the children into groups of two. Hold up a token to show everyone, and explain that there are several fires around the party area. Each group of two is a "Fire Rescue Squad," and is responsible for extinguishing (i.e. collecting) as many of the fire tokens as they can find in 3 minutes. The only catch is that each squad must hold hands the whole time!

Give each group a bag in which to collect tokens, and have them hold hands. When everyone's ready, say, "Go!" Use a timer or a watch to keep track of the time.

Once time is up, have all groups come back to the starting area. Count the number of tokens in each team's bag. The rescue squad(s) to extinguish the most fires wins! If you wish, you can award a prize or prizes to the team(s) that collect the most tokens.

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Following Spy Clues

Following Clues

At the Party:

  1. Tell the children an enemy spy has stolen their goody bags!
  2. Make up clues before the party, and hide them in the yard or party area.
  3. Hand the children the first clue, and let them start searching.
  4. Each clue should lead to another envelope containing a clue.
  5. The final clue should lead to the stolen goody bags.
  6. You can substitute a piñata or the birthday cake as the stolen item, if you prefer.
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Jewelry Hunt

Jewelry Hunt

What You'll Need:

  • Beads
  • Rings
  • Hair Clips
  • Ribbons
  • Other Assorted Jewelry or Items

Preparation:

Hide the items around the house or playing area (keeping them within a defined space).

At the Party:

  1. Hand each child a bag or pouch to hold the collected treasure.
  2. It may be a good idea to write each child's name on a bag or pouch.
  3. Similar to an egg hunt, let children search until they find as much jewelry treasure as possible.
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Journey to Ernie

Journey to Ernie

Before The Party:

Purchase enough yellow rubber ducks for each party guest, plus a few extra. Hide the rubber ducks in a separate room or in your yard. Choose fairly obvious hiding spots that are not higher than the children can reach.

At the Party:

Explain to the children that Ernie has lost his favorite rubber duckies, and their job is to help Ernie find them all. Tell the children to find one duck each, and send them out to search. Be ready to provide help to the youngest guests and be sure that every child finds a duck. Let the children keep the duck as a party favor.

The Sesame Street name and all related characters and elements are the property of Sesame Workshop. This guide is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sesame Workshop.

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Jungle Animal Safari

Animal Safari

A good safari guide knows where to find wild animals; even so, animals may be elusive once in awhile. It's your little guides' jobs to find the animals hidden in the "jungle," which can be set up outside in your yard or inside in one or two rooms of your house. This make-believe safari will be especially fun for young children.

Preparation:

Before the party, hide inexpensive plastic animals or small stuffed animals in various places around the game area. Be creative and hide some in trees, house plants, high shelves, etc.

How to Play:

At the party, give your guides bags to collect any animals they find hidden in the "jungle." If you are using inexpensive plastic animals, let the children take home any animals they find. Or, let them trade in the animals they collect for a single, larger prize. Alternatively, you can search as a group and have fun pointing out the hidden creatures.

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Magazine Scavenger Hunt

Fashion Magazine Scavenger Hunt

What You'll Need:

  • 10-12 magazines
  • Several pairs of scissors

Before the Party:

Create 2 lists of items that have to do with your party theme. Make sure you provide magazines that will feature these items. You can also use comic books.I

At the Party:

  1. Divide the guests into two teams.
  2. Give each team a stack of magazines, a pair of scissors, and a list of items to find pictures of.
  3. Set a timer for about 10 minutes and let the teams search the magazines for the items on their list to cut out.
  4. Whichever team has found the most items at the end of the time limit wins.

Variations:

  • Fashion Hunt: Include things like zebra print clothes, scarves, a hat, different colors of accessories, and hairstyles.
  • Winter Wonderland Hunt: This is great for a Christmas party or a Frozen Birthday Party. Look for things like snow, ice skates, gloves/mittens, snowman, igloo, skis, polar bear, etc.
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Mardi Gras Scavenger Hunt

Photo of a Boy Searching in a Plant.

Part of Mardi Gras traditions include the King's Cake, which has a toy baby hidden inside. Capture the spirit of this tradition by holding a King Cake scavenger hunt. This can be a great pre-cake activity if you plan to serve a King Cake.

You Will Need:

  • 2 plastic toy babies or a Mardi Gras mask

How to Play:

  • Divide your guests into 2 teams and designate each with a play area.
  • Have each team hide their baby or mask in their designated area while the other team covers their eyes.
  • Have players stand halfway between the two playing areas. Count down from 3 and on 'go" let the players look for the other team's baby.
  • The first team to find the other team's baby are the winners!
  • You can award 1st and 2nd place prizes to the players or give everyone a participation prize.
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Mickey's Clubhouse Scavenger Hunt

Mickey's Clubhouse Scavenger Hunt

Before the Party:

Hide objects around the party area that correspond with Mickey Mouse and his friends. For example: Mickey Mouse's Ears, Minnie Mouse's Bow, Donald Duck's Duckbill, Goofy's Floppy Ears, etc.

During the Party:

Tell your guests that they have to find as many things hidden around the house that they think relates to Mickey's Clubhouse. See what they bring back that you hid - and didn't! Whomever finds the most relevant objects wins!

The Mickey Mouse and Mickey's Clubhouse names and all related characters and elements are the property of Disney Enterprises, Inc. This guide is not affiliated with or endorsed by Disney Enterprises, Inc.

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Mouse Hunt

Mouse Hunt

What You'll Need:

  • One toy mouse for every guest
  • Slips of paper
  • A marker
  • Tape

Preparation:

  1. Write one guest's name on a slip of paper and tape it to the tale of the toy mouse.
  2. Hide the mice around the party area before the children arrive.

At the Party:

  1. Tell the children to hunt for the mouse with their name on the tail, while acting like kittens.
  2. For a second round of this game, let the children hide each other's mice and then search for them together.
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Nature Hunt

Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt

What You'll Need:

At the Party:

  1. Divide the children into groups of 4.
  2. Assign an adult to monitor each group during their hunt.
  3. Give each group one copy of the Nature Scavenger Hunt checklist, a pencil or pen, and a bag.
  4. Send the groups outside to start searching for the items on the list. Instruct them to place all the items they find in their bags.
  5. Once a team finds all the items, they must hurry back to you. The first team to come back with all the items wins a prize!
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Penguin Hunt

Penguin Cutout

What You'll Need:

  • Paper bags (one for each player or group)
  • 15–30 small penguin toys or several Penguin Cut-Outs

Preparation:

  1. Purchase small penguin toys or print out a couple copies of our Penguin Cut-Out Sheet, and cut out each penguin.
  2. Hide the penguins around the party area where the children will be able to find them.

At the Party:

  1. If you have many guests, consider putting them into small groups.
  2. Give each player or group a paper bag.
  3. Set a timer for 5 minutes.
  4. When you say "Go," start the timer.
  5. The players must search the party area for the hidden penguins.
  6. The player/group with the most penguins at the end of 5 minutes wins.
  7. Award prizes based on how many penguins each player/group has, such as 5 pieces of candy for 5 penguins.
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Robot Parts Search

Robot Parts Search

Preparation:

  1. Collect a variety of hardware items that could be part of a robot, such as nuts, bolts, pieces of PVC pipe, batteries, electrical tape, etc.
  2. Be sure to avoid choosing anything with a sharp edge that could scratch the children.
  3. Another option is to cover small items with aluminum foil to create your own robot parts.
  4. Try using empty yogurt or pudding cups, cardboard cut into the shape of nuts and bolts, empty toilet paper tubes, empty juice boxes and jar lids.
  5. Hide the items in a separate room or in the yard.

At the Party:

  1. Divide the children into two or three teams, and give each team a bag to hold the items they find.
  2. Set a timer for five minutes and start the search!
  3. The team to find the most parts in five minutes wins.
  4. For a second round of this game, let each team hide the robot parts they found in the first round.
  5. Then set the timer and start the game again.

Alternative: To make the game more challenging for older children, make each team hold hands and stay linked while they search.

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Scooby Doo Snack Hunt

Scooby-Doo Games

What You'll Need:

  • Printed copies of our Scooby Snack Hunt List, one per guest
  • Small bags of wrapped bite-sized candy and snacks listed on the Scooby Snack Hunt List
  • Empty goodie bags, one per guest
  • Pens and pencils, one per guest
  • A small prize

Preparation:

  1. Gather all the wrapped candy and mix them up.
  2. In a 50 x 50-foot grassy area or backyard, toss the candy in the grass.
  3. Secure all pets away from the playing area during this game.

Notes: If you are playing this game in hot weather, you may want to freeze the candy before the game starts. This will prevent the candy from melting in the sun. Also, to make the game more difficult, use less candy. For instance, if the children only need to find one pack of gum, make sure only two or three packs are on the field.

At the Party:

  1. Give each child one copy of the Scooby Snack Hunt List and an empty goodie bag.
  2. Instruct the children that they must gather only the candy on the Scooby Snack Hunt List. Children grabbing extra candy are disqualified (they'll have their chance later to get more candy).
  3. The first person to find all the candy on the list and bring it back to you wins a prize!
  4. After the game ends, let the children go back in the field and gather the remaining candy to keep.
  5. Search the field for extra candy before letting your pets back in the area.
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Sergeant's Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue

Before the Party:

Purchase small plastic Army men in at least two different colors (most readily available in green and tan). Hide them throughout the play area.

During the Party:

Break the guests into two teams, assigning each team a color. Send the guests off to hunt down the men, with the understanding that they will receive one point for finding their own men, and two points for capturing the opposite teams' men. Whichever team has the most points after all the men are found, wins!

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Solar Search

Solar Search

Preparation:

  1. Roll up several balls of tin foil to create "planets;" each ball should be somewhere between the size of a golf ball and a tennis ball.
  2. Create at least 2–3 planets for every guest that will be participating.
  3. Hide the planets throughout the party area.

At the Party:

  1. Divide the children into 2- or 3-person teams, and give each team a bag.
  2. When you say, "Go," the children have 5 minutes to find as many planets as possible.
  3. The team with the most planets in their bag at the end of 5 minutes wins!

Adaptation: To make the game more challenging for older children, make each team hold hands and stay linked while they search.

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Twilight Saga Hunt

Twilight Scavenger Hunt

What You'll Need:

At the Party:

  1. Divide the children into groups of four or five.
  2. Give each group one copy of the Twilight Scavenger Hunt checklist, a pencil or pen, and copies of the Twilight saga books.
  3. Instruct them to find the words on the checklist in the Twilight books. They must record what page they found each word.
  4. Once a team finds all the words, they must hurry back to you. The first team to find all the words wins a prize!
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Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt

What You'll Need:

  • 3 - 5 white hats per player (two hats need to be a different color from the rest)

Preparation:

  • Hide all the witch hats in different nooks and crannies throughout the party area.

At the Party:

Send the children out to find as many hats as they can within an allotted time, letting them know that there are two special hats that will result in special bonus prizes. The kids who collect the most hats get a prize. The kids who find the different colored hats get a special prize.

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