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. Below you will find a series of worksheets that will help you setup scavenger hunts for your students.