It's very easy to create your own scavenger hunt worksheet. Divide a piece of paper in half with a line down the middle. On the left, number the page from 1 to 10 (or however many items you want to hide). Leave lots of space for each item. On the left side of the line, also number accordingly from 1 to 10. You can do this two different ways. You could either choose 10 items you and your child know the signs for to encourage practicing these signs OR you could take the opportunity to choose items that you will teach new signs for. For instance, "ball", stuffed animal "monkey", "cup", "doll", "hat", "shoes", toy "helicopter", etc. And on these nice summer days, you may want to either hide items outside in the backyard or go for a nature scavenger hunt. You could look for all the different colors of the rainbow, find a rock, a spider, water, leaves, trees, a dog, etc. I've even planned these scavenger hunts according to the errands we need to run in a given day. For instance, one day we went to the library, the grocery store and then the park. I planned in advance the items we would look for at each place and the kids had a blast.
So, for younger kids, I would draw a simple picture of the item they are to look for on the left side. Once they have found all of their items, they can either draw a picture of what they found on the right side, write the corresponding word or just the beginning letter sound of the word. Do whatever your child is comfortable with and keep it fun. THEN, have them sign the practice word for you or teach them the new ASL sign. They may want to do this part AS they go along finding each item. Again, do whatever works for you and your child.
For older kids who are reading, write the name of the items down the left hand side of their paper, then either have them draw pictures of the word on the left side or take this opportunity to let them do some copy work and rewrite the word (or both). And again, THEN have them sign the word or teach them the corresponding sign.
For added fun and learning, you could see if there are any related signs that go with each item and either practice these signs or teach them. For example, if you hid a doll, you could teach them "pretty doll". A cup could be a "green cup". A monkey could be a "silly monkey". A dog could be a "big dog". A tree could be a "tall tree". One other thing your kids could do is practice counting in ASL as they make their way down their list. And I believe this is an important one....as you teach your children the word signs for each item (or practice them), help them learn their ASL alphabet. This is a great time to also practice spelling each item found and signing the letters as they spell them.
Another great way to practice letter signs is to make an alphabet scavenger hunt. Let your kids find things that begin with each letter of the alphabet, signing the letters as they go along. Then, once they find their treasure, either teach the sign, practice it if they already know it or learn the sign together if you don't already know it.
So, with that in mind, you may be asking "what if I don't know the signs?" Great question with an easy answer. You can find great online dictionaries as references. One of my favorites is ASLPro.com. If you click on the main dictionary, you'll see the alphabetical listing along the side. Great tool!!
Here are some older pictures of the last time we had a scavenger hunt. Time to do it again!
At the library..."Find 3 books about farm animals T."
"Find 3 red vegetables..."
At the park...looking for outdoor treasures.
I would LOVE to hear back from anyone who decides to try this fun activity. Scavenger hunts are always a hit and can literally be done ANYWHERE!
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