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Create a fitness scavenger hunt for summer day activities

Posted Jun 16 2009 7:44pm

“What are we doing today, Mom?”  Aggh, another summer day to plan.  Don’t pull your hair out!  I’ve got a solution for you.  Scavenger hunts are an excellent opportunity to pass the days.  The location can be of your choosing.  The hunt can range from 30 minutes, hours, or days.  The topics are unlimited.  Here, at Go Workout Mom, we’re going to focus on Fitness Scavenger Hunts! The scale of the scavenger hunt will be based on the age of the children involved.  If you have multiple age groups, then breaking the children up into teams might be helpful rather than having them go at it alone.  Or be a part of the fun with Dad heading one team, Mom the other.  The Parents can help, but not give away the answers!

Step 1: Decide on your location: home, neighborhood, town, park, etc.  Your location could be a combination of all these places, but make sure you’re incorporating bikes, walking, physical movements to get from one place to another.  Try to use the car sparingly!  Remember our goal is to keep moving with our own motor!

Step 2:  Decide on a time. Is their a time limit? or Until everyone finishes their quest?

Step 3:  Design the meat of the scavenger hunt. List the questions, items that are being searched.  For instance, a neighbor down the street might have a unique mailbox that the children can find and take a picture or describe on the answer sheet.  If the hunt is in your yard, find a unique feature or hide a soccer ball for the children to find.  Then have them complete a physical activity in that location like skip to Question 2 from the mailbox or kick the ball ten times to each other before advancing to the next clue.

Have fun with creating, watching, and participating in the Scavenger Hunt.  The children will be problem solving, getting rid of some energy and staying active.  Plus, Mom, that’s one less day to worry about for the summer!

I’d love to hear some of your ideas or how your scavenger hunt went.  Send me some pictures and I’ll post some great Scavanger Hunt Days and Sample questions/answers to help moms make it through the summer.

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