Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids at a Church Picnic

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Although adults enjoy fellowship and lemonade at a church picnic, kids sometimes suffer boredom or find ways to get into mischief. Split up your littlest faithful into teams led by older children and organize a scavenger hunt. Although a meadow or lawn works well outside, the fellowship hall or Sunday school classrooms work just as well in case of rain. You'll need to make up clues and devise prizes. Look no further than the Bible for all the clues you need for an exciting scavenger hunt.

Bible Animals

Formulate clues centering on the animals of the Bible: the serpent in the Garden of Eden, the plague of frogs and grasshoppers, and lambs. Send teams searching for images of these creatures in bulletin board displays indoors or plastic toys hidden in the grass or trees. When the first team deciphers all the clues and gathers the animals, the judge awards prizes such as boxes of animal crackers, gummi worms or a craft foam art kit to make Biblical door hangers or bookmarks together during the picnic.

Know Your Church

Send teams in search of items they should know from familiarity with the church itself, such as the date is was built, members of the church council, or the date of the next ladies' aid meeting or pancake breakfast. Throw in some math, asking the kids to take down the number of members in attendance last Sunday, the number of windows, doors, hymns in the hymnal, or pews, and the average number of visitors to the church in a month. These tasks bring the children a closer feeling of identification and membership, and the winning team can receive a jar of candies equal to the number of members or a chance to list the picnic's attendees and take candid photos for a church scrapbook.

Puzzle Hunt

Mount a two posters of Noah's Ark or David and Goliath on posterboard (use a different color for each team to avoid confusion) and cut each poster into 12 or more pieces. Hide the pieces and write clues to match their location. Admonish each team not to touch the other team's puzzle pieces if they run across them in their own searching. The winning team must not only locate all of its = pieces but put the puzzle back together to triumph. Puzzles or puzzle books such as Bible word searches or sudoku make suitable prizes.