Turn off the lights and get learning with a fun in the dark scavenger hunt for kids from Alisha!
When you’re stuck for ideas to keep the kids learning, but also have fun, it’s time to try this in the dark scavenger hunt.
Yup! Learning and hunting in the dark!
Learning In the Dark Scavenger Hunt for Kids
An all-ages light hunt learning game takes the learning fun to a whole new level because it’s played in the dark. Grab your flashlight and get ready to learn!
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To set up your own in the dark scavenger hunt, you’ll need:
- Handmade Game Boards (Paper & Marker)
- Dark Room
Grab a few sheets of paper, enough for all the players.
I chose to start with two pieces of paper and the basic skills of letter and number recognition. This game is super flexible, so pick whatever content your kids are learning!
Try a twist on tic-tac-toe to practice learning skills too!
Fold each paper four times, into a small square. You should end with sixteen squares.
Trace the fold lines to turn the paper into the game board.
Make as many game boards as kids participating or skills you want to practice.
Then just add in the content to each square. I added letters to one board, uppercase and lowercase, and numbers to the other board.
Head into a dark room. Tape up your game boards anywhere on the walls, doors, or other flat surfaces.
Our dark room was the bathroom, so I taped them to the cabinets under the sink. Since they were low, my kids went did the in the dark scavenger hunt sitting down.
Go On an In the Dark Scavenger Hunt to Learn
Challenge your children to shine their light onto target spaces, based on what you call out. To help you keep everything straight, you might want to make a copy of the boards.
My daughter was hunting for letters. When I said the letter “T” and she had to shine her flashlight on that letter.
My son played on the number board. When I said the number “110,” he had to shine the light on that number.
I found it best to instruct my kids one at a time, so they took turns hunting with their flashlights. We swapped back and forth, calling out squares on each child’s boards one at a time.
When it wasn’t their turn their light was off, as to not distract the other person playing.
We did try to do simultaneous hunts. They liked that, too!
You can choose to have your kids focus on one board only. Or switch after a while so they practice a variety of skills.
My kids even took over my role and began calling out letters and numbers for one another to find.
Use your flashlights to match blocks to shapes and shadows!
We love making learning into a game! It makes everything so much for fun and increases your child’s buy-in excitement, too.
So grab your flashlights and go on your own in the dark scavenger hunt!