A scavenger hunt is a game that is organized by creating a list of specific items which participants (usually teams of people) must seek out without purchasing them. The ultimate goal is to collect all the items that are on the list. The team that completes the list first wins. This differs from a treasure hunt which is usually in search of a single object. Scavenger hunts came into existence in the late 1920s in Paris. The first major Paris scavenger hunt caused chaos all over the city once participation flourished. While many just see the fun aspects of scavenger hunts, they have many educational related benefits. They help work on critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It also does not hurt that they, by nature, they are hands-on learning opportunities which has boundless health and mental benefits for students. Scavenger hunts help build teamwork skills that are hard to teach. They promote positive social interaction. It is hard to do well without offering a great deal of cooperation.
Performing these activities as a group has a ton of benefits, but the teamwork aspect cannot be understated. Learning how to work in a group on a project is the new form of the economy. This is how many businesses operate whether they are in a blue collar or white collar setting. The advantages for students are tremendous. There is so much growth to had from activities like this. All of the worksheets are setup in a way to include or highlight an educational aspect of this task. You will find a great number of sheets that can be used to help your students get more familiar with one another. Below you will find a series of worksheets that will help you setup scavenger hunts for your students.