Scavenger Hunt!! This one took a little bit more prep than usual, but it’s totally worth it. I started out by looking through all of my Lego buckets for some unique items. Hats, animals, jewels–things that stand out and that kids always want to use in their piece.
After that, I went to Google and started looking up pictures for all these different items. The GREAT thing is that basically every single piece is going to be on Google Image somewhere since they often get sold individually, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding photos.
Then I took all those photos and made a quick name tag for every item. When we get to the “Scavenger Hunt” portion of the lesson plan, I think it’s really helpful to have a good picture and a basic description of what it is.
After that, I taped all of my pieces to their name cards so that:
A) Kids wouldn’t lose them.
B) I wouldn’t lose them.
I prepped about 40 of them, in case I had a lot of kids or in case kids lost their special piece. It all took about 4 hours of prep, so not too bad.
So then it was time for Lego Club!! After our normal rules, I explained that everyone would get one special Lego that they would have to hide in their piece. But there were some extra rules:
- You can’t hide your special item under anything. It has to be out so that everyone can see it. So the goal is to hide it, but not cover it.
- No trading pieces. I knew that this would lead to confusion later. Besides it doesn’t really matter what you get, it only matters how well you hide it.
- Don’t detach your special piece right away. We don’t want kids losing them and I don’t want to spend an hour looking for ONE thing.
- Don’t throw out your name tag. They’ll need it for the end!! I had copies of all of the tags, so that wasn’t a big deal.
So kids built a piece for about 45 minutes to hide their special item, then we cleaned up everything extra. I set up some tables along the back, so that kids could take their piece AND their name tag and place it on the back table. After that, we spent about 10 minutes running around and trying to find everyone’s special items. A LOT OF FUN!!