Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Katrena's Scavenger Hunt #19 Under the Seas


Katrena's Scavenger Hunt #19 Under the Seas at Wildflower Bouquets
What is more fun than finding hidden treasure? This scavenger hunt focuses on plants and animals that live under the seas. This scavenger hunt works well with a water-themed or pirate-themed party. If you have multiple children playing, consider giving each child a small box (treasure chest) to color and decorate while you are hiding the clues. As players find each letter of the hidden message, they can place the letter in the treasure chest until the end when they assemble the letters to create the hidden message. (See graphics below.)

After everyone has completed the scavenger hunt, you might plan to have water games for a grand finale! This could be as simple as purchasing a few squirt bottles such as those that hold mustard and catsup and filling them with water. Hand them to the kids...I doubt that you'll need an explanation. If the weather is not cooperating or if you don't want everyone soaking wet, you might consider turning out the lights and having a glowstick party and pretend to be underwater - I have included a link to my glowstick workout playlist at the bottom of this article.

If you wish to turn this into a more educational activity...
Before the scavenger hunt, find web pages with information about each sea animal or plant featured in the scavenger hunt and take a few minutes to learn 3-5 facts about each one before giving the next riddle and encourage players to act out being each sea plant or animal. This hunt also includes some challenging vocabulary words, such as echolocation and vigilant.

If you wish to encourage the artistic side...
Before the scavenger hunt, find and print coloring pages featuring each sea animal or plant featured in the scavenger hunt and have the players color each one as the hunt progresses or provide all coloring pages at the end. Or find a good, clear photo of each sea animal or plant featured in the scavenger hunt and have the players to draw their own version of each one while providing a wide variety of art supplies such as crayons, markers, glitter glue, colored paper/scissors/glue, etc. Or any combination of the above.

Directions
  1. Have the players go to a room where you will not be hiding clues. My family did this as an indoor hunt, but it could be tweaked to be played outdoors.
  2. Print the rhyming riddles, answers, clues (if needed), and hidden message below. If multiple children are playing, print a hidden message for each player and cut out each letter. Hide multiples of the same letter in each hiding spot. For example, hide all of the "u's" together with one riddle.
  3. Keep the first riddle and hide each of the remaining riddles with one hidden message letter in the area described for answering the previous one - I've included hints for hiding the riddles; feel free to tweak as desired. The last hiding spot will only contain the last letter for the hidden message.
  4. Give the players the first riddle and one letter for the hidden message. Have the player to read the riddle and determine the missing word.
  5. As the players solve each riddle, give them a hint about where to hunt for the next riddle and letter.
NOTE: The hidden message letters spell Under the Seas. These letters may be hidden in the exact order for an easier level, or you may wish to scramble the order of letters and have players to assemble them at the end to discover the hidden message on their own. If the players are having a hard time solving the hidden message, you might start humming the song "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid.

If the players are having a hard time guessing the correct sea plant or animal, you can provide a word bank by cutting out the answers on the answer sheet and placing them in random order. Ask the player to pick out the answer that rhymes with the blue word in the riddle.

Under the Seas Scavenger Hunt Rhyming Riddles
Under the Seas Scavenger Hunt Answers

Under the Seas Scavenger Hunt Suggestions for Hiding Clues

Under the Seas Hidden Message

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Katrena's Indoor Scavenger Hunt #18 Flowers

Katrena's Scavenger Hunt #18 Flowers
Spring has sprung with all its glorious beauty in my neck of the woods. I love to growing flowers and enjoy meandering through flower gardens of all types. This scavenger hunt features ten flowers. The clues often have quite a few hints for those who have studied the history of these beauties. This scavenger hunt could lend itself well to an outdoor hunt, but you may wish to take something like a penny to the back of the flower pictures to keep them from blowing away.

Most are well known by those of us who grow flowers, but this hunt may be challenging for those who aren't familiar with the names of flowers. Have no fear! I have included options to help identify the flowers. Each clue has an end-rhyming word in the second line and the last line includes an adjective that begins with the first letter of the flower. You have the option to offer a word bank if players are stumped.

This scavenger hunt might be additionally educational as some of the clues have a few vocabulary words that players might learn how to pronounce in addition to the meaning of the words. I chose photos that exemplified some of the more well-known varieties of these flowers; participants may wish to search for images of additional varieties. This would be a great time to plant your own flower garden after playing the game; you might consider planting a couple from the scavenger hunt. You might also consider going for a walk and identifying various flowers, taking photos of your favorites.

I wish to give credit to the various photos I used for this hunt. Many thanks to the photographers on Morguefile for providing these free of charge. See the graphic below for photographer names and URLs:
Flower Photographer Attribution for Katrena's Flower Scavenger Hunt

Preparation Before the Hunt (see graphics below for free printables)

  • Print the small flower picture page for yourself and cut out each small flower picture and place them on a table in a room where players will read each clue. If you are not sure how to identify the flowers, I've included pages with each flower labeled; you may wish to print a "cheat sheet" page for yourself and label each flower.
  • Print one small flower page for each participant and cut out each small flower picture.
  • Select a different room(s) and place the small flower pictures randomly around the room(s) in places where they can easily see the pictures.
  • Print the clue page.
  • Print the congratulations bouquet page (one for each participant) and hide in a place where players won't readily see them.
  • Print the answers to the clues if needed.
  • Print the word bank if needed.

Directions for the Flowers Scavenger Hunt

  1. Have players read the first clue and solve the riddle and identify the picture of the flower.
  2. After solving the riddle, players find and bring back the photo of the matching flower.
  3. Repeat for each riddle.
  4. After all riddles are solved and small flower pictures are found, have participants search for the congratulations bouquet(s).

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Clues for Katrena's Indoor Scavenger Hunt #18 Flowers
Small Flower Pictures for Katrena's Indoor Scavenger Hunt #18 Flowers
Winners Bouquet Reward for Katrena's Indoor Scavenger Hunt #18 Flowers
Riddle Answers for Katrena's Indoor Scavenger Hunt #18 Flowers
Word Bank for Katrena's Scavenger Hunt #18 Flowers
Labels for Rose and Daisy on Katrena's Scavenger Hunt #18 Flowers

Labels for Poinsettia and Lily on Katrena's Scavenger Hunt #18 Flowers

Labels for Iris and Tulip on Katrena's Scavenger Hunt #18 Flowers

Labels for Hydrangea and Sunflower on Katrena's Scavenger Hunt #18 Flowers

Labels for Carnation and Orchid on Katrena's Scavenger Hunt #18 Flowers

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Katrena's Indoor Scavenger Hunt #17: Weather

Katrena's Indoor Scavenger Hunt #17: Weather
This indoor scavenger hunt features rhyming riddles for ten different types of weather. I have included a list of answers and ideas for hiding the riddles as well as an added hidden message for finding with the clues. I hope your family enjoys this scavenger hunt as much as we have. At the moment we are snowed in and looking for fun indoor activities!

Directions

  1. Have the players go to a room where you will not be hiding clues.
  2. Print the riddles, answers, hints for finding the riddles, and hidden message. 
  3. Ensure that you have frozen treats for all players (optional).
  4. Keep the first riddle and one letter of the hidden message and hide each of the remaining riddles with one hidden message letter in the area described for answering the previous one. The last place will only contain the last letter for the hidden message.
  5. Give the players the first riddle and one letter for the hidden message.
  6. As the players solve each riddle, give them a hint about where to hunt for the next riddle and letter.
  7. Surprise the players with a frozen treat after solving the last riddle!
NOTE: The hidden message letters spell meteorology, which is the study of the atmosphere with an emphasis on weather and forecasting the weather. These letters may be hidden in the exact order for an easier level, or you may wish to scramble the order of letters to add another challenge to the scavenger hunt. I hid mine in the opposite order so the kids would find the double letters "ME" at the last station. ("Oh, this popsicle is for ME?")

If the players are having a hard time guessing the correct type of weather, you can provide a word bank using the answer sheet. Ask the player to pick out the answer that rhymes with the blue letter in the riddle.

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Rhyming Clues for Katrena's Indoor Scavenger Hunt #17: Weather

Answers to Weather Scavenger Hunt Riddles

Tips for Hiding Scavenger Hunt Riddles in Katrena's Weather Scavenger Hunt
Hidden Message Letters for Katrena's Weather Scavenger Hunt

Friday, November 27, 2015

Free Break a Leg Printable Message

Break a Leg Message in Rebus Style
This set of printable messages encourage someone to break a leg. No, it would not be a good idea to send this one to someone before going skiing, but if you know someone who enjoys drama and the stage, this might be a great word of encouragement before a show or audition. I decided to tap into one's creative juices with this set by creating the break a leg message in rebus style.

Directions
  1. Click on the image to enlarge.
  2. Click file-print.
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Katrena's Indoor Scavenger Hunt #16 Tools

Katrena's Indoor Scavenger Hunt #16
This scavenger hunt is all about tools. Lots of people are interested to know what is in a toolbox. Some names of tools and supplies in this hunt are a little more challenging than others; however, I have included rhyming riddles to help those who might not be as familiar with tool names. I recommend having a word bank list on hand if the players get stumped on a riddle.

My Papaw was a brick mason and taught himself how to build houses. He was amazingly talented! I remember when I was younger, he sent me out to his truck, filled to the brim with what looked to be a million different tools, to retrieve one of those mysterious items. He told me the name of the tool, but I quickly realized my search would be in vain unless I gathered more information. Papaw carefully and patiently described the tool; I was eventually able to deliver the item. Knowing the names of various tools has its advantages.

Before the Hunt

  1. Print and cut out the rhyming riddles below.
  2. Print the answers below if needed - you might cut out only the answers as a word bank if needed.
  3. Print the prizes below.
  4. Gather the tools listed in the answers or print pictures of the items. Use a picture of the saw and any other tools that might pose a safety hazard for participants. *An adult may need to accompany the participant to each area and to ensure safety, depending on the age, maturity, and ability of the participants if you are using any actual tools.
  5. Place an empty box or toolbox in the starting area.
  6. Keep Riddle #1.
  7. Tape Riddle #2 onto the tool described on Riddle #1.
  8. Repeat until Riddles #2-12 are attached to a tool/picture.
  9. Tape a prize to the answer for Riddle #12.
  10. Hide the tools/pictures around the house. If the weather is nice, consider hiding them outside. To prevent them from finding additional tools early, you might designate one room or area for searching for each riddle - if you do this, write down the rooms or areas in order.

Directions for Players

  1. Go over safety rules - no running and do not touch any sharp edges!
  2. Give the player(s) Riddle #1.
  3. Once they solve the riddle, have them find that item and place it in the toolbox. Tell players which room or area in which to search if you have designated areas for each tool.
  4. Repeat until all riddles are solved and all tools/pictures are found and in the toolbox and the final prize is found.

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Rhyming Riddles for Katrena's Indoor Scavenger Hunt #16 Tools

Answers for Katrena's Indoor Treasure Hunt #16 Tools

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Even or Odd Number of Letters in Your Name Game Activity

Engaging & Fun Elementary Math Practice
This counting game features practice with determining whether a number is even or odd, counting tally marks, graphing, and also personalizes the results!

Directions

First Info...

  1. Have each student count the number of letters in his/her first name and write that number on a piece of paper.
  2. Ask students who had an even number of letters to raise a hand and record on the board with tally marks.
  3. Ask students who had an odd number of letters to raise a hand and record on the board with tally marks.
  4. Practice counting the tally marks together as a class.
  5. Have each student count the number of letters in his/her last name and repeat the above steps.

Practical Math - Even or Odd # of Letters in a Name
Second Info...

  1. Ask students to look at the two numbers they wrote - one for the first name and one for the last name.
  2. Ask students who had two even numbers to raise a hand and record on the board with tally marks.
  3. Ask students who had two odd numbers to raise a hand and record on the board with tally marks.
  4. Ask students who had one even and one odd number to raise a hand and record on the board with tally marks.
  5. Practice counting the tally marks together as a class.

Then...
Go to Create a Graph and enter the information obtained in the Second Info section, showing various types of graphs if time allows.

Even or Odd # of Letters in Your Name Math Graphing Activity
If you have additional time...
Have students count the letters in any or all of the following to determine if they have an even or odd number of letters:
  • Teacher's last name
  • Principle's last name
  • Name of school
  • Month of the year
  • Today's date number of the month
  • Favorite food
  • Favorite sport
  • Vocabulary words for the week
  • Ask students for their ideas for words they would like to count

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Katrena's Indoor Scavenger Hunt #15 Enjoy the Snow!

Katrena's Indoor Scavenger Hunt #15 Enjoy the Snow
Our family woke up this morning covered in a white blanket, but that covering was adorning the trees and bushes outside rather than covering the bed! Those who live in the southern United States tend to see more sleet and freezing rain during winter months, so having several inches of snow tends to be the talk of the town.

When we get several inches of snow around here, many activities come to a screeching halt. Schools are often cancelled or delayed and many area businesses and activities close or are postponed. What better time for a scavenger hunt?

While players are in another area...
  • Print the graphics below - one of each page and one prize sheet for each player.
  • Cut out the riddles.
  • Place the letters for ENJOY THE SNOW with the riddles in order or scrambled - ensure that you provide one letter for each player with each riddle. All letters should be the same with each clue. For example, if you have two players, place two Os with a riddle.
  • Keep riddle #1 without a letter.
  • Hide riddles #2 - 12 in the location for the answer for the previous riddle. Hide the last letter in the location for the answer to the last riddle.
Then...
  • Give players the first riddle.
  • Once the players solve each riddle, provide a hint for finding the next riddle and letter.
  • After all riddles are solved and all letters are found, have players assemble the letters to spell ENJOY THE SNOW.
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