aspects of an activity can help reduce a person's self-consciousness,
increase his self-confidence, stimulate interaction with other
people, and generate interest in new subjects by providing those
who take part with fun, enjoyment, and a sense of membership or
anonymity." (Activities Coordinator's Guide, Department
of Health, Education & Welfare)
Independent Scavenger Hunt
submitted by Debbie Jerge of Activity Director - Bassett Manor Assisted Living on March 29, 2009
Size of Group: unlimited
Equipment: paper & pen
Objective: Residents move throughout facility for physical activity. Residents become more aware of their surroundings. Can be done independently
Description: (This is especially good for the residents when activity personnel are off).
Walk through your facility and make a list of items for example: picture of a barn, EXIT sign, brown floor lamp etc. On YOUR list write item & location. Then mix the items up on a list so that they are not all in an order to be found. Put maybe 15 items on the list and leave a blank for resident to fill in it's location. If they turn in completed & correct answers I give out prizes-mini candy bars or ?? This gives residents a reason to walk through entire facility and makes them more aware of their surroundings.
THE BASIC SCAVENGER HUNT
GROUP SIZE: any number
EQUIPMENT: clue sheets for
DESCRIPTION: Each individual
in the group is given a list of items to collect. The first
person or team to collect all items and submit them is usually
the winner. Listed below are different types of scavenger hunts
that may be planned.
EXPECTED OUTCOME: Increased
social interaction and communication.
MAGAZINE SCAVENGER HUNT
submitted by Debbie VanMeter
of Fairfield Adult Medical Day Care Center on January 20, 2000
Objective: Increased communication,cognitive
and fine motor skills.
Description: Provide each participant
with a couple of magazines and then call out items for them
to locate in the magazine. A point is given for each item found
and shown to the leader before move on to next item. Items to
hunt.... picture of a house, car, family, baby, angel, flowers,
plants, trees, bride, recipe, dog, cat, wild animal, children,
T.V., desert, perfume, man in a suit, box or bowl of cereal,
PHOTO SCANVENGER HUNT
Teams are given assignments to
collect photographs using a Polaroid camera. Here are some example
1) visit your local tattoo parlor
and get a picture of the group pretending to get a tattoo
2) visit the Chinese restaurant and get a picture of the group
with the owner
3) visit a pond or lake and pretend like the group is going
to dive into the pool
4) visit a play ground and have the group sit/pose on a play
5) visit a pet store and get a picture with an animal
6) go to the airport and get a picture with a stranger
Make up your own categories/assignments.
Each team can have different assignments. When done, each team
meets at a local fast food place to share pictures, stories
The driver must not speed, and
there should be no time requirements for points.
WEEK LONG SCAVENGER HUNT:
Participants are given a list of
items to collect. They have a full week to collect these items.
Teams with most items found is the winner.
SIGNATURE SCAVENGER HUNT
Participants hunt autographs of
various people (staff, volunteers, & residents). Set your
own time limit.
Set up various puzzles through-out
the facility. Teams of participants must locate each puzzle
with a map of the facility showing the locations of the puzzles.
Once at the site, the teams must solve the puzzle. After all
puzzles are solved (or not solved), they return to the activity
room to determine the winner. Give different point values for
different puzzles and for the 1st team to finish. This program
is for higher functioning clients. Keep the puzzles fun and
solvable. Add your own rules to make the activity running smoothly
(like "no running to and from puzzle sites").
NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT
If you don't have access outdoors,
bring nature indoors. Give participants a list of items "stored"
at each nurse's station, administrative offices, etc. There,
participants can find twigs, rocks, flowers, etc.
HOLIDAY THEME SCAVENGER HUNT
St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's
Day... all present opportunities to set-up a the med hunt.
THINGS TO HUNT....
- signatures of various people
- an old menu from the cafeteria/dining
- newspaper ad for a tire
- magazine ad for a perfume
- any Dear Abby column
- a paper clip
- eraser shavings
- the word GAME from any published
magazine or newspaper
- a self-portrait
- a completed crossword puzzle