Scavenger Hunts are are a fun game that children love and teachers can use to promote early literacy and language skills.
Print selected LessonPix picture cards based on the current unit of study or theme. (Laminate if desired) Hide the pictures around the room or designated area. Have students hunt for these pictures. Here are some variations of a scavenger hunt game used to develop early literacy skills in young children.
- Give each child a picture. Have the students hunt for a matching object.
- Give each child a picture. Have the students hunt a matching picture.
- Give each child a word. Have the students hunt for a matching picture.
- Divide the class into groups. Give each group of children a list of things to find. This list maybe pictures or words depending of the age level of the students.
- Divide the class into groups. Give each group of children a list of clues about things to find. For example: "I am an animal that rhymes with hat." (cat)
- Have the students hunt for pictures based on verbal directions. Then the students return to the full group with their picture and tell about their their picture. For example, "Find a picture hiding around the room of something that starts with D"
- Create an obstacle course on a playground. Have students find pictures placed around the obstacle course. Focus on preposition words "in", "on", "under", "beside"... etc.
- Place picture cards on popsicle sticks. Push the popsicle sticks into the ground around the playground. Have students hunt for pictures. When they return to the group with their pictures, they can describe their pictures and where they found them.
- Divide the class into groups. Print multiple pictures, with one picture designated for each group. Have the groups search for as many of their picture as they can find. For example: One group searches for rhombus, another group searches for octagon, and a third group searches for rectangles.