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.
- Picture to Object: Give each child a picture. Have the students hunt for a matching object.
- Picture to Picture: Give each child a picture. Have the students hunt a matching picture.
- Word to Picture: Give each child a word. Have the students hunt for a matching picture.
- Mark Checklist: 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.
- Picture Clues to Find Picture: 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)
- Verbal Clues to Find Picture: 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"
- Obstacle Course: 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.
- Pics on Sticks: 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.