Even though our lives have changed quite a bit since I started this blog seven years ago, one thing has remained the same: we love to rock it out for holidays.
Even big kids like to rock it out for the holidays.
So this year, I decided to kick up our traditional St. Patty’s Day Scavenger Hunt just a wee bit.
My kids are quick, and they’re smart. So our Scavenger Hunt needs to be tricky and engaging to keep them interested–or at least to stretch our hunt a bit past the usual two minutes.
And? They’ve been doing a whole lot of testing and teasing one another lately.
So I decided to really give my three little tricky, testy kids a run for their money this year with a St. Patrick’s Day Brain Teaser Scavenger Hunt.
We’re working their little brains and forcing them into a bit o’ collaborative work because these days, these three seem to need it.
Should be fun!
Here’s the skinny. . .
This isn’t your traditional run-around-the-house-for-clues scavenger hunt. Rather, it’s a new-and-improved, use your noggin and work together scavenger hunt.
The great thing is that even if you haven’t done a lick to prepare anything for St. Patrick’s Day, you can print this out, add a bit o’ candy to the mix, and your kids will think you’re the bomb.
I printed out the cards onto white cardstock, but you don’t need to.
To prepare, all you need are the St. Patrick’s Day Brain Teaser Cards and some candy. Because really. Candy.
I also glued the shamrock board onto a plain piece of paper for extra support. And I got a mix of gold-foiled candy– Rollos, Hershey’s Nuggets, Hershey’s Kisses with Almonds, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Mini.
If I would have planned better, I totally would have ordered chocolate gold coins. But, of course, I didn’t.
If you need something to use as game pieces or place holders, maybe use these Shimmering Shamrocks, these green and gold coins, these plastic 4-leaf clover coins, these tiny metallic green clovers, these light green gems, or even these flat-bottomed green gems. Anything works!
Start by printing everything out, adding one piece of candy (for each child) to each square of the board, and then say this:
Okay, friends. Today is St. Patty’s Day, so like all little leprechauns, I know you want to do some hunting for your pot of gold. Except this year, your pot o’ gold is a little different. It’s right here. (Show them the board with candy on it.)
But in order to get each bit of ‘gold’, you have to work together.
Start with this first card. Put your brains to work, and when you figure out the answer–as a group–let me know. Every time you answer a riddle correctly, you earn the candy on that number.
Simple. So fun.
But the minute there’s an unkind word, snicker, or anything of the sort, the candy’s wiped away from whichever number you’re working on.
Get it? Good.
That’s, at least, what I plan to do while the kids are enjoying Lucky Charms in green milk.
And we’ll see how it goes.
I anticipate that we’ll start it before school and it will be waiting for the kids when they return from school.
Because I didn’t want them doing this all day long, I only made eight brain teaser cards with the idea that they’ll start working on it together and then if and when they get stuck on one, they can ‘pass’ and I’ll give them the next card–of course though they won’t collect that card’s candy.
If it takes a few days, it takes a few days. . .
If you’d like to grab the St. Patrick’s Day BRAIN TEASER Scavenger Hunt, here you are:
The more that we can get our kids to use those brains, stretching the way they think about things and problem-solve, the better.
What are you doing for St. Patrick’s Day? Any last-minute fun things to add to our list?
How about some more fun St. Patty’s Day ideas? Check out:
- st. patrick’s day joke notes
- st. patrick’s day fun fact lunchbox notes
- sweet rainbow kabobs
- limericks for loved ones
- how we make st. patty’s day fun and family friendly
- homemade st. patrick’s day shamrocks
- st. patty’s day scavenger hunt
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