Our family has adjusted for the most part to our current “new normal” with school being canceled for the rest of the year, but I’m still on the lookout for fun and easy ways to entertain my kids. My mom told me about an indoor scavenger hunt for kids’ idea that she played as a kid and always remembered loving it. It is so so simple! Hide a bunch of buttons around the house and have the kids find them!
Whoever finds the most can get a quarter and whoever finds the “special” button gets a quarter. (or if you have older kids that would laugh at getting just a quarter – add money value to some of the buttons. Maybe you’d want to make the super bonus awesome button that is very well hidden worth $10!
Materials needed to this indoor kids scavenger hunt:
- Buttons! (I have some from garments that send extras, plus I picked up a large bag at a thrift store.)
You can play this over and over and over again! Your kids can take turns hiding the buttons for each other. Parents can take turns hiding. You could make it room specific to make it a bit easier for the kids to find the buttons. Or make it really tough – especially if you have tweens or teens that want to participate.
Since I have a 6-year-old, I didn’t make it too difficult to find the buttons. One was in a glass short vase on an end table. Another was above the kitchen sink on my favorite “life is better with cats” that my mom gave me as a gift.
Other places I hid the buttons were inside the DVD cabinet, behind the music books on the piano, inside candles, in junk drawers, etc. The ideas and places to hide really are endless!
Here is my six-year-old very proud of finding her first button during one of the rounds we played.
Both girls like this game and have asked to play it a few times now on cold or rainy weather days. If you have a jar of random buttons, turn it into a fun game. Don’t have buttons? That’s ok – use marbles or shells or glass gems you can get at the dollar tree! This indoor scavenger hunt will keep the kids busy and its such a simple way to make them happy that doesn’t involve a screen!
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