How to Plan a Road Trip Scavenger Hunt
Labor Day is here again. This September holiday is a great time to take the whole family for a trip. Whether its down to the beach to finish off summer with a bang, or to a relative’s house for a cookout, Labor Day activities are some of the most fun during the entire year!
However, the car trips to get to your Labor Day destination can end up taking a long time. Hours pass driving down the highway. This can be exhausting and boring, especially for children. So how do you keep kids engaged and prevent boredom from spreading?
You can make your own scavenger hunt, On long car trips, scavenger hunts are a fun way to make the time pass. They also get those brain juices flowing better than a movie or television program can.
In order to create a road-based scavenger hunt for Labor Day, or simply your next big trip, you will need to follow a few steps.
Develop a List of Items
If you are going to make a scavenger hunt, you need things to look for. Try to develop a list of items commonly found on the highway. Feel free to mix things up a bit too. If you’re driving near farmland, add horses or cows to the list. If you pass through a city, items like taxis are always a solid choice. The items on your list should reflect the environment around you to keep the players as engaged as possible.
Don’t Make the Game Too Easy
If your list consists of only simple things like a car and a cloud, it won’t take long before the game is finished and the children sink back into boredom. In order to keep the game going, add a few challenging items to the list. Perhaps instead of listing a car as an item, choose a specific model of car or a unique color. Just make sure to maintain a balance between adding a little challenge to the game and making it too difficult.
Keep the Trip’s Length in Mind
Make sure that your list reflects the length of your trip. Don’t put too many things on the list for a shorter trip. On the other hand, if the trip is a long one, keep a healthy amount of items so that the game doesn’t end too quickly.
Make It a Team Effort
Families with more than one child can find ways to keep all of the kids engaged in the scavenger hunt. If you are worried that a competition will create arguments, a team effort is more applicable. The siblings can work together to find everything on the list. This will help keep the peace in the car.
Take a Break
Doing one thing for an extended period of time can wear anyone out, especially children. To avoid this scavenger hunt fatigue, make sure to take a break from the game once in a while. For young children, naps are a great way to recharge. Taking a lunch break in between sessions should help supply everyone with more energy before getting back into the game.
Choose a Reward
In order to entice children to engage in the scavenger hunt, make sure to offer a reward. You may be tempted to offer them candy. However, sweets might not be the healthiest treat for children. Many rest stops offer little state-based knickknacks. Consider these as rewards instead, as they will not only be a healthier option, but also create longer-lasting memories of the trip.
Long trips don’t have to be boring. For your Labor Day road trip, consider creating your own scavenger hunt for the kids to help them enjoy the journey as much as the destination!
- Zachary Berry
Zachary Berry is a student studying Strategic Communication at Ohio University. So basically advertising and public relations writing. That means he's basically Don Draper, only with a lot less women and booze. Hailing from Oklahoma City, his family proceeded to move to Dayton, then move to Albuquerque, where he did not partake in any meth production, and finally head back to good old Dayton. That's the life of a military kid. Since he had to travel so much, Zachary got used to it, and even enjoys exploring new places. If you couldn't tell by the pop culture references, Zachary also enjoys watching and reviewing movies and television. As the Creative Writing Intern for The News Wheel, Zachary is eager to earn his place among the greats of The News Wheel, and one day wishes to write about a banana car himself. See more articles by Zachary.