The Alphabet Scavenger Hunt is a great way to ease yourself into Questing with something that takes absolutely no time to prep since it’s all left up to the kids! It can be done in any number of ways with any combination of ages.
Begin by making a list of every alphabet letter. You can use ours below, or have your kids write each letter clearly on a piece of paper, leaving room beside each one to write down what they found.
Pick a Theme
Once you’ve got the alphabet, you can really go anywhere from there with a theme. Let your kids help you brainstorm ideas. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Star Wars
- Cartoon Characters
- Fairy Tales
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Sight Words
Now you get to decide how to play. There’s three ways:
1. Search and Find—
Have your child run around the house finding something that begins with each letter in the alphabet in that theme. Make it a race between siblings and offer points, or if they need to practice cooperation (who doesn’t? 😉), make them take turns so they’re cheering each other on for each letter. OR, for something like vegetables or words, have your child search through a catalog to find a vegetable or word that starts with each letter.
2. Think and Write—
Like Scattergories, but with every letter, have your children think of something in that theme and write it down. Set a timer to make things interesting, and see who came up with the most items according to theme when the timer goes off.
Thanks to quarantine, I’ve been trying to get increasingly more creative with ways for the kids to connect with our friends and family online. To play a virtual scavenger hunt, all we did was set up a Zoom time with family. Then we made a game of it. We began with A, and everyone searched for an item starting with the letter A. The first person to show something, got two points. Everyone else got one point once they showed the item. After every fifth item, I revealed the score, so everyone knew where they stood.
And that’s it! So simple, and yet so fun!
What are your theme ideas for an Alphabet Scavenger Hunt?