Scavenger Hunt Placemats – Fun DIY Kids Craft and Game

This craft is perfect for children in elementary school, since they will be learning how to read. This will help their reading comprehension and improve their vocabulary.

In this project, you will need: – paper plates (must be larger than a CD) – sharp scissors – crayons – glue sticks – markers and/or paint.

Step 1: Decorate each plate. Use the sharp scissors for this craft, especially for the younger kids. You may want to prep several plates before beginning in order to avoid having to wait for all of the glue to dry.

  • For the students that are in first grade and older, they can grab their markers and decorate the paper plate at their individual work space.
  • Younger children may have a difficult time with this project so make sure you watch them carefully to ensure their safety.
  • There is no real set “way” to make these pieces. You can make any patterns that you like.

Step 2: Next, glue each plate in place! If you have younger kids, it’s best to do this step after the older ones have finished their project. I found that when they were messy while putting the glue down, they ended up with little glue drips on their fingers!

Step 3: Continue to add onto your scavenger hunt placemats until you are satisfied with your work. This part of the project is at least 20 minutes of continuous work.

Step 4: After you’re done gluing, you can decorate your placemats! ┬áSome suggestions would be to glue on pieces of construction paper cut into the shape of mystery items, or even draw a picture on the plate and then cover it up with glue and paper.

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Step 5: Allow all of the glue to dry for at least 24 hours before putting them in your child’s room or on display. You may want to use a small weight (tape wrapped around the plate and paper, for example) on top of each one so that they don’t tip over from their own weight!

  • To play this game, you will need several copies of this scavenger hunt placemat. This can be played by either an entire class or a family (playing along with their child). The student/family player will go around the house and look for the item that is written on the plate. The goal is to find ALL of the items on the plate before time runs out. For example, if the plate had five items on it, and you found three of them, you would still be in the game. If you were able to find all five items on the plate, you would win!
  • If you are playing this with a group of students, make sure they understand that they can’t search each other’s plates! They should take turns going around and looking for one item at a time. The items should preferably be easy to find, just to make this game more fun and less frustrating!
  • For example, if you had three items on your plate, they could be:  – red pencil – pink socks  – left shoe
  • The students could also make a matching game out of their scavenger hunt by taking off their shoes and pencils (or letting them pick from a pile), then having the student who is it find his/her matching “sock” or “pencil. After all of the items are found, everyone could put their shoes and pencils back on and then go around again!
  • This is an ongoing game, so you could play this with your child up until they leave your home. They would have to keep track of their time and then find these items as many times as they can in the week.
  • For older children, I would also recommend them writing a review or essay about what each item was on the plate, or who it was written by (their parents, teachers, etc.). This will encourage them to read and will also encourage them to pay close attention to details.
  • Another option for a variation, if you have older children, is to tell them all of the items on the plate before they start. This can be a fun game to play if there is someone in the group who is competitive. The player who finds more items on the plate within a predetermined amount of time wins!
  • If you are playing this with your child, remind them to take their time and stay calm. Tell them that this activity is not about racing against each other, but rather having fun while helping their reading comprehension skills.
  • If your child is struggling to find the item on the plate, you could either go with them and help them along or give hints. For example, if they have trouble finding their “pencil” but you see it is in their backpack, you could remind them to check there.
  • You can also make this game a little competitive by keeping a point system. Every time your child finishes and successfully completes a scavenger hunt, he/she gets one point for their team (or one point for themselves).

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