St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and it’s a perfect opportunity to host a fun and educational scavenger hunt to celebrate. This idea can easily be incorporated for a Sunday School class, school class, or a homeschool group.
Here are some ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day green scavenger hunt.
Green Scavenger Hunt Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day: Nature Greens
This scavenger hunt should be conducted outside on a nice day. Divide the kids into teams or let them participate individually.
The adult leader can provide a digital camera to go along with this scavenger hunt.
Kids should search a large area in a yard or park for the first green signs of Spring: Flower shoots, buds on trees, new grass, bugs, etc. When an item is found, the adult leader should take a picture of it. If a photo printer is available to use during the scavenger hunt, print out each picture and allow the kids to take home a picture or put together a collage to be kept in the classroom.
Green Scavenger Hunt Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day: Lucky Items
“Hide” (in plain sight) lucky items throughout the room where the scavenger hunt will take place.
Items could include pictures or cutouts of shamrocks, leprechauns, gold coins, black pots, horseshoes, rainbows.
Give children a list of individual items. You can choose to set a timer for this hunt or just allow them to go at their own pace.
Each child should try to find and count how many of each item is hidden around the room. For example: If there are four shamrocks hidden, the list would include the word “shamrock” and a space for a number. The participants can make a mark for every shamrock they find.
There are several variations for this scavenger hunt. The list could include the number of each item hidden to make it easier, or kids can be divided into teams and given specific items to find (Team One find all the shamrocks, Team Two find all the rainbows.) The first team to find all of their items wins. If using this method, be sure to hide the same number of each item to keep the game fair.
Green Scavenger Hunt Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day: Green Items
This one is a variation of the Lucky Items Scavenger Hunt. Hide only green items (cutouts and real items): Shamrocks, green leaves, green lizards and snakes, green fish, pine trees, clovers, green eggs. This can be set up like an Easter egg hunt. Look around for green items to hide (cups, candles, jars, toys, candy, etc.).
Give kids a bag to collect items in.
Green Scavenger Hunt Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day: Green Egg Hunt
Collect green plastic Easter eggs then stuff them with candy and small toys.
Provide brown paper bags for each child to decorate. Provide stickers, crayons, and stencils for each child to decorate their bag before the hunt.
If necessary, to keep egg distribution even, tell the children they can only collect a specified number of eggs then they should sit down to allow the other kids to finish collecting their eggs.
Green Scavenger Hunt Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day: Shamrock Hunt
Cut out or buy foam shamrocks (available at Wal-Mart for $2 per package of 60) or construction paper shamrocks.
The shamrocks can be any size, but depending upon the age of the children, you might want to make them bigger or smaller.
Hide them around the room then give each child a piece of paper and pencil. Set a timer for 10 minutes, then send the kids off to count shamrocks.
They should not pick up any shamrocks, but should leave them where they find them.
Instruct the kids to count the shamrocks and be sure to write down the total number so they won’t forget. When they think they’ve found all of the shamrocks, they should return to the adult leader to tell them the number they found. If you plan to give out prizes, the child who comes closest to the correct number is the winner.
Green Scavenger Hunt Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day: Recycled Green Hunt
Take the kids on a walk. Give each one a bag and instruct them to collect items that can be recycled: Aluminum cans, plastic bottles.
As a variation on this hunt, give kids a list of items that can be recycled and have them search the room or building to find recyclable items. They can mark them off of their list as they find them.
This type of hunt would be best completed in teams.