Thursday, July 4, 2013

Scavenger Hunt



Stalker
In an effort to get the kids out of the house without me today I devised an excellent lesson.  They are working on a scavenger hunt.  They have taken a camera and a list that I wrote and are now out walking around the area taking pictures of things on the list.

Just within our neighborhood are a gorgeous community garden, a tennis club, two playgrounds, and lots of shops.  Their job is to take pictures of a "traditional Queenslander" (a type of house), another person out for a walk, a blue car, a slide, a tennis club sign, several specific shots at the community garden, a wind chime, and a few other things.

Just so that you don't get the wrong idea and think how BRILLIANT I am, lol, they are, shall we say, involuntarily doing this activity.  Elizabeth stomped away saying, "This is so stalkerish, Mother!" and John was resigned saying *sigh* "Come on, let's get it done, Sis."

The worst part of it is that John will have to deal with Elizabeth while out on the walk.

But here is a little trick that, upon reflection, sounds a bit like a naval general.  When they are all bored around the house, if they can go for a walk and be mad at me, probably talking trash, they come back and are SO HAPPY, so joined as a team, and, usually, take a loooooong time out together.  They almost always return from their Mom Bashing as a very tight team.


Wind Chime

Dragon Fruit



Scare Crow

Tennis Club Sign


I don't pull this one out of my pocket very often.   But when I do I feel quite confident that they are no longer bored.  They are now back and just LAUGHING and laughing and having a great time!

In the future, they will be looking for letters, words, shapes, other clever ideas.
On pinterest I've created about a dozen photography challenge lists, check them out if you like this idea.  Here is an example but I have several others in my "Hobby Info" board:





A special HELLO to readers in The US and in gorgeous New Zealand!
AND for AMERICANS in Australia!

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6 comments:

  1. Oh sure, no special hello for other Americans in Australia. ;-)

    I think that was a great idea.

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  2. A little enemy of mine enemy is my friend bonding time, eh? :) It's funny how everyone drags their feet at the idea of a scavenger hunt, yet everyone has fun doing them!

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    1. I don't know how secret it will be if one of the kids read it here though.

      LOL

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  3. love this idea Karen. Breydin gets so tired of hearing "can you play with your sister in the yard for awhile while mom gets "x" done?" This makes things a l lot more fun and like you said gives them them "us against her" mentality which is usually a good thing at that moment.. -Ame'

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  4. Fun!

    My two were discussing the fun we used to have doing scavenger hunts indoors on those cold, wet afternoons when they were younger. I think I'll have to put one together for them again as a surprise one day, and remind them they're not too old to have fun with it still. :)

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