This super creative fine motor skills activity takes kids on a magazine scavenger hunt! They will love the fun of searching and finding (and paper tearing — oh my)!
Most scavenger hunts we do with the kids are ones that are working on their gross motor skills in the process. Having them run around the house, or the backyard, looking for items and collecting them, and maybe doing something with their collection.
However, this magazine scavenger hunt, from Erin, is different. It will have the kids working on their paper tearing skills! A fine motor activity to work on their finger strength.
A Scavenger Hunt with Ripping & Tearing
To make your own magazine scavenger hunt for kids, you will need:
- a magazine or newspaper that can be ripped up
- a cell phone (optional)
My kids keep trying to use my cell phone.
They have successfully managed to install at least two random coloring apps as well as send strange bearded snapchats to people I haven’t spoken to in years.
This magazine scavenger hunt can certainly be done without a phone, but since my kids love using my phone, I thought I would incorporate it!
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To get my kids started on this scavenger hunt, I flipped through an old magazine and used my cell phone to take up-close pictures of interesting things.
Letters, graphics, it’s all good.
I ended up with nine photos altogether.
For easy visual reference, I made a collage using a layout app on my phone so my son could see all nine photos at once.
Creating a photo collage on the phone is totally optional, though. You can just take the photos and have them swipe from one to the next, or skip the phone altogether and just make a list of things they need to find in the magazine.
You can also give your child letters or sight words to look for and circle as they find them. This was a favorite I used to do during church services with the church bulletin.
Next, I gave the magazine and the phone photo collage to my son.
He went on a hunt, flipping through the magazine for each item.
When he found an item, he let out squeals of excitement!
Then, to practice his fine motor skills, I had him tear out each item.
Tearing paper is a great activity to work on their fine motor grasp and control. Read more about it from Happy Brown House.
You can also use your old magazines to make a beautiful flower art collage!
Although, it did not take me more than a few minutes, taking the photos ahead of time did add on to my prep time.
But it added a fun technology twist to the activity.
If you are crunched for time or your child is on the verge of a meltdown and needs an activity to distract them NOW, fear not!
So Many Magazine Scavenger Hunt Activity Twists
There are so many ways you can modify this magazine scavenger hunt using just the magazine! No cell phone required.
- Make it about letters and numbers by having your kids hunt for and rip out their ABCs.
- For older kids who are working on phonics, have them rip out objects that have beginning (or ending) sounds that match certain letters you give them.
- Hunt for and tear out pictures that rhyme.
- Make a counting scavenger hunt by asking your child to rip out one of a certain object or letter, two of a different object or letter, and so forth.
- Search and find all of the letters in their name, then rip them out and glue to a paper.
- Search for and rip out different colors.
- Instead of having your child rip, they could practice their cutting skills using a pair of scissors.
- Have your child make a magazine scavenger hunt for you to complete at the same time! You may just need the help of another adult.
Grab-n-Go Magazine Scavenger Hunt
You can also take a magazine with you and put one of these scavenger hunts together when you are in need of a quick, no-prep activity in the car or a restaurant.
I can also see us doing this in a pinch on an airplane with those magazines in the seatback pockets. You know, the ones with all those random home items that nobody actually uses in real life. Hot dog toaster, anyone?
Of course, we couldn’t rip those magazines on the airplane, but my kids would still enjoy hunting for pictures in them!