Sanity Saver: Scavenger Hunt Make & Find

Mar 13, 2012 / By Lara

Most of our posts here are about ways to engage WITH your child in a creative challenge.  But sometimes, you just need an activity that keeps your kid(s) entertained for a bit and doesn’t require any adult supervision.

That’s the need our new blog series Sanity Savers will seek to fill.  We’ll try to post an idea each week (though can’t promise – sometimes we can’t help losing our sanity over here too!) that will help keep your kiddos happy while you get dinner ready.

Today’s activity was inspired by a simple image I saw on Pinterest, from Artful Parent blog.  One of the things we’re generally looking for in a Sanity Saver is something that doesn’t require too much time to set up (or clean up!)  This idea totally fit the bill.

All you need to do is create a “scavenger hunt” list.  Make it cute or scribble it on a piece of paper — your kids won’t really care.  Heck, you could even make it a verbal scavenger hunt and TELL them what to do.  Just think of things that your child can do independently (but that MIGHT take a little loooonger to do / make / find).  For us today, I confined it to inside the house (it was a rainy day.)  We had a second page of activities (in case we needed to stretch this longer), which included things like: write your whole name out; write out the whole alphabet; find your pajamas and put them on (bonus!).

Do you have any sanity savers for those times when you need a few moments to yourself? What are your secrets? Please share!