Back to School Scavenger Hunt!


My boys start school on Monday!! Wow, did the summer zoom by! In the past we have always gone school supply shopping together which is just oh so fun......not really :) Taking three kiddos into a store where about three-quarters of its customers are jammed into about 4 aisles is simply put, mad chaos!


I decided to do things a bit differently this year. Skip the rush and just do it by myself :) Problem solved! There's something about fresh crayons, clean crisp folders and sharp scissors that is just so exciting so I thought it really didn't matter that they were actually present when choosing them. Let's change things up a bit and make it fun so I put together a little hunt!



 'Back to School Scavenger Hunt'

Other than the supplies purchased this is a cheap and easy way to get your kids excited about the new school year!

Here are the supplies you'll need:

bags with handles for each school-going child
scrapbook paper
lollipop sticks
apples
school supplies
treats for the end prize




I used gridded paper to cut an apple using my Silhouette and labeled it with my boys names. I mounted the apple on a square of scraphook paper and a clothespin to secure it to the bag. Use any bag you have on hand for them to collect their school goodies in......a plastic grocery sack works too :)



Next, I used my Silhouette again to cut flag templates.....they will be used for the clues! Glue the flags on lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks and stick them in the red apples. You can use any clues you would like. I used locations in our home for the clues. Here are mine as an example:



'books' of knowledge (aka book collection)
'seeds' of knowledge  (garden spot)
clean school clothes (laundry room)
'Wii' relax and play (playroom)
carpool (our beloved minivan)
homework zone (kitchen table)





You probably know how a scavenger hunt works but each location will have a few school supplies and an apple with a clue to the next location. The end prize is the treat bag......I filled mine with Mentos gum and smarties!




I hope that this is a fun alternative to the shopping-for-school-supplies fiasco! Let me know how it goes for you and your school bound kids :)


If you are looking for more school ideas I have documented here how to manageably organize and enjoy all of the schoolwork, art and projects brought home from school!


Make it a beautiful day!



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50 comments:

  1. Such a great idea! My kids would love it! I will have to try :)

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    1. We just did this tonight and my kids had a blast! Thanks Hallie!

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  2. This is AWESOME! What a smart and fun idea. You made it all so adorable too. =)

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    1. Thank you so much! It was awesome....my boys are still talking about it?

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  3. Love it! Can't wait to try something similar for my girls coming up, thanks for the inspiration! :0

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    1. Thank you :) Can't wait to see what you do......I love following your adventures!!

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  4. I love scavenger hunts and treasure hunts! So glad to finally see what US smarties look like. Here they look like very large M&M's (but don't taste anywhere near as good!).

    http://www.seaweedandraine.com

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    1. LOL:) That's funny! This is a super fun scavenger hunt if you and yours love them! :)

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  5. Adorable, I'll pin this for the future :)

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  6. This is a fantastic idea! Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

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    1. Thank you.....I'll jump on over to link up to your party :)

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  7. I love that you put so much effort into getting the kids prepared for going back to school!

    Your blog is great, I'm really glad I found it (I've nabbed some of your summertime activity ideas - I also do the list thing!).

    From your newest GFC follower :)

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    1. Thank you Angela! It really was a fun way to get them excited :) Than you so much for following!

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  8. Hello!
    I'm your newest follower :)

    This is such a cute post with great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful night!

    (hugs)
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

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    1. Thanks so much for following Aledia :)

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  9. I've been wanting to do a scavenger hunt for my kids and their friends. Thank you for the inspiration. I am now following you on FB. Can't wait to see what ideas you have coming our way!!!
    xo, Megan Sharples

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    1. You are very welcome and thank you for following on FB :)

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  10. Hello there!
    Thank you so much for visiting my party last week... I am featuring your project today over at my blog.

    Have an EXTRAORDINARY day!

    Desirée

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    1. Thank you so much for featuring me.....what a special day!

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  11. Great idea! I am going to use this idea in the next couple of weeks when we start! Stopping by from 52 Mantles!

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  12. Adorable! I hope to do something very similar sometime soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you....love following your blog!

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  13. What a fun idea! Your clues were so cute! I hope you will share this at my back to school themed party!
    http://kraftykat76.blogspot.com/2012/08/gimme-five-for-friday-back-to-school_3.html

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    1. Thanks Kathie! I'd love to share my 'hunt' :)

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  14. What a fun idea! I'm totally pinning it for later. =) I would love it if you linked it up to my brand new link party: http://love-and-laundry.blogspot.com/2012/08/weekend-wonders-link-party-1.html

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    1. Thank you so much for pinning! Happily linked up :)

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  15. what a fun idea! It's amazing what the little people remember and I know that my girls will remember this. My kids are little bit bigger, my youngest is 8 and my oldest is 12. I know that they would have a blast with this. Thanks for being such a great mom and sharing such a fantastic idea.
    Have a happy weekend

    Tausha
    sassystyleredesign.com

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    1. What a sweet comment....thank you so much! I love following your blog!

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  16. Love it!

    Jeanna

    Dramaqueenseams.com

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  17. What a fun idea, Brooke! Now if I could only turn back time and put my girls back into school (I wish!)! But definitely passing this along to family for nieces and nephews! I'm sharing a link back in this week's highlights. ;) Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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    1. Thank you so much that makes me so happy!

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  18. What a fun mom you are! My kids would love this! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - - you were featured today!!
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  20. This is such a fun idea! I might just have to try it! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I'll be featuring this tomorrow and pinned it for future inspiration! I hope you are enjoying your weekend!
    Jenn :)

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    1. Yay!! Thank you so much Jenn can't wait to see the feature!! :)

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  21. How super fun is this!! Tnanks so much for sharing with us! Featuring this adorable scavenger hunt on our FB page today!! :) Bonnie

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  22. Very cute - I pinned it!

    I would love for you to stop by and submit some of your creative projects and share them with my readers!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

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  23. Super cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  24. This is a cool idea! I ask in this week's A Crafty Soiree for Back to School ideas. I'm going to pin this and share it on my FB fan page.

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  25. Featuring YOU today!

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/08/take-look-at-you-15-back-to-school-ideas.html

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