Here is the scavenger hunt with pictures and video. The video starts off with the kids trying to guess what my big surprise was. Before I recorded any guesses they thought their dad was hiding somewhere. They also thought we may be going to Disneyland or possibly Six Flags! Apparently they didn’t think of the rain. They knew we were going to Monterey later in the week but thought maybe Heath and I had tricked them so they guessed a hotel room.
Your mission is a scavenger hunt. You must all work together to solve each clue. If you are stumped after working together you may ask for help. Some clues are harder to solve than others. Some are more fun than others. Please do your best and remember to find joy in the journey.
The kids were very excited and immediately ran off to figure out the first clue.
1. Count the number of doors in our house. Use that number to find the page in the book we are reading. (I counted 13 but there was some discussion on what the definition of door was and if the garage doors were included. We have a lot of doors!)
2. On this page is something our family enjoys. Work together for a full five minutes before asking for help! Once you figure it out, the next clue is hidden under an object that represents the thing our family loves. (Sport is a character in the book. The clue was hidden under the mini BYU football helmet we put in front of the TV during games for good luck.)
3. Find a very annoying animal. Hint it’s in a book. (The Baby Beebee Bird)
4. The next clue is attached to a king. (It surprised me how they didn’t get this one right away. It was wrapped around the white king in the Chess set.)
5. When I am in trouble this word is used as a warning. (When I made the clues I assumed they would get all the “I” references as the object speaking. My bad. I had to give a lot of guidance! While they were looking for the checkbook Gavin found a clue underneath Steven Seagull. Ugh. I had to hide some clues a little better when they weren’t looking!)
6. Find a tube of toothpaste. (They went straight to their bathroom just as I hoped they would.)
7. Egads! This room is messy! Divide the chores evenly: sink, toilet, bathtub/shower (This clue was not popular! Parker hoped they were finished when Gwen found the next clue on the cleaning wipes.)
8. Turn on the lights for Mom and Dad’s bed. (The clue was taped to the back of the remote.)
9. Find the Cinderella story without a fairy godmother that began with Once upon a time … (Ever After DVD)
10. Find the Utah state bird. (Steven Seagull)
11. Look up Miracle of the Gulls on Wikipedia and read the section titled Traditional Story (I read the story to them and we had fun talking about it.)
12. Find the big green pet whose home we will visit later this week. (Monte is our plush pet turtle from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.)
13. My name begins like another name in this family. Find that person’s electronic reading device. (Gavin thought for sure they needed to find Parker’s Kindle. Parker was really quick in figuring out that Monte starts like Mom so they looked for my Kindle to find the next clue.)
14. Count the pairs of high heels in my closet. Put that number of toys away. Then meet in the hallway. (There are 8 pairs of high heels. Who knew?)
15. Find something to write with. (Gavin grabbed a crayon off Gwen’s desk. I asked him if there was a clue attached to it and that’s when Parker yelled out pencil box!)
16. Look for a yellow book about the next holiday coming up. (This clue was much trickier than I thought. They got Easter right away but completely forgot that we have two Easter board books. Gwen insisted she had a Winnie the Pooh book about Easter.)
17. What is Gwen’s favorite song? Have Gavin play it on the piano. (Let it Go from Frozen. I love that Gwen is singing along as he plays and Parker is telling her not to! Too funny. I had to get video of Gwen singing. She has poor sense of timing and clears her throat before hitting the high notes which just makes me laugh even harder. This girl is a diva.)
18. Find the picture of a family member reading the scriptures. (Parker’s baptism announcement picture)
19. I would not eat them on a train. I would not eat them in the rain. I would not eat them in a box. I would not eat them with a fox. (Not the Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham. The kids looked through every page and lifted every flap twice. Parker finally guessed the answer was in the fridge. Gavin was so funny. He said, “In the fridge? I was just in there and didn’t see anything!” They found the clue on top of the eggs.)
20. One of me is needed to make a delicious chocolate dessert. Find the box in the cupboard with the name that is also a color. (This clue was everyone’s favorite. They loved how stumped they were. Then of course they loved how fun it would be to make the brownies.)
21. Make me with Mom’s help. (This is where we took a 30 minute break so Gavin could try to earn more money from his video game and the other two could sword fight. The next clue was attached to the hand mixer.)
22. Find the movie that matches a blanket, shirt, and special ears that belong to someone. (Another stumper. Parker thought Madagascar at first until he realized that only fit the blanket part of the clue. The boys were so lost on the ears part. Gwen got that Parker’s Disneyland ears are Cars and he has a Cars blanket and Cars shirt.)
23. How many minutes long am I? Divide that number by 4. Divide the answer by 3. You may use a calculator. Put that number of toys away (round up) then find Mom for the next clue. (10)
24. Make a bed that belongs to another child in our family. (They loved how I sneaked the next clue onto the pillows of all the beds without them knowing!)
25. Check the light switch by the front door.
26. Find the picture of Garrett wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. (Gwen knew right away I meant the picture in the Family Match Game Grandma made.)
27. Families are important. Find the framed document that talks about how important families are. (Proclamation to the Family. I folded the paper into a tiny square and taped it to the side of the frame. They didn’t notice the paper easily.)
28. What does eternal mean? Find the picture book with a title that means your mother will love you eternally. (Love You Forever by Robert Munsch)
29. The hunt is now complete. I hope it was fun. I hope you learned to work together. I hope you know how much your family loves you. Ask Mom to read me. (This clue was a favorite all the way around. My babies all snuggled up with me as I read my favorite book to them.)
It really was a lot of fun to do this scavenger hunt even though they got through it much faster than I expected! Good times.