A few days ago it was raining with no sign of letting up in sight. The boys were bored. I knew because they kept saying "Mom! We are so bored!" So I had to come up with a plan and quick.
I got to thinking. What can I take three boys to do when it is raining outside that won't cost anything and they haven't done 500 times already this summer?
And then I had an Ah-Ha! moment.
Take them on an indoor scavenger hunt! Where? At a local thrift store! Perfect place..lots of random stuff, big area, and we are bound to find whatever I wrote on the list.
I grabbed a sheet of paper and jotted down a few things such as:
-an orange shirt
-a purple skirt
-a baby bottle
-an action figure
-a stuffed lion
-a baby blanket
-3 different kinds of baskets (woven, plastic, milk crate, and metal, etc)
-a piece of furniture with flowers
-a funny doll
-a book about animals
and so on and so forth.
So then we put our shoes on and headed to the thrift store near our house. They spent a good amount of time looking for the items on the list. This was a really great team building opportunity for them. It showed them how to work together, vigilance, and attention to detail. They really loved this activity. They even asked when would be the next time we went on an indoor scavenger hunt.
We didn't buy any of the items on our list, but I did find a great vintage flour sifter for $1 (SCORE!!) and a Darth Vader action figure for $.69! (Star Wars is a really big deal in our home.)
The next time you find yourself with some bored kids and wondering what to do, try giving this a go. Let me know what the kids thought about it!