creating a kidical mass scavenger hunt

Ames Kidical Mass Scavenger Hunt

I so loved Molly Westerman’s pictorial scavenger hunt that I decided to create one for the older kids on our Kidical Mass rides. I thought that it could give them a little something extra to enjoy while getting them to really look and notice their surroundings. Rather than use Molly’s exact image, I decided to create my own so that I could add a few things we’d be likely to spot during our ride.

I added a cupcake (since there’s cupcake shop downtown that we might ride past), a slide (can you spot it? it’s terribly drawn but our parks where we start and end our rides all have slides that the kids love using), glasses/sunglasses (a few participants wear glasses and even more wear sunglasses), a hat (we make the little ones wear hats in the sun), and a picnik blanket (we end our rides with a picnik lunch in the park). I loved some of Molly’s cartoons so much that I straight-out copied them (like her mailbox picture – how cute!).

I’m thinking that I’ll keep the rules pretty simple: each kid old enough to identify the pictures and check the off the list will get a handout and a pen. If they’re riding along in a trailer or weehoo or cargo bike, they can carry the paper with them and check things off during the ride. If they’re on their own bike, they can study the image ahead of time and look for things while riding but wait to check them off when stopped at the end of the ride. They can also continue to look for things while we’re all hanging out at the park.

When they’re done and hand the paper back to me with a minimum of ten items (out of the thirty) checked off, they will get a small prize: a bike sticker for their helmet, their bike, their notebook, or whatever item they choose to decorate. I found a multipack of cute, affordable, and eco-friendly bike stickers on Etsy that I ordered for this purpose. If they come in time, we’ll be able to do the scavenger hunt during this month’s Kidical Mass ride already! Otherwise, I’ll plan on saving it for June’s ride. Either way, I’m really excited about this and hope the kids will have fun with it.

If you like this idea, feel free to poach it! You can download a free copy of Molly’s scavenger hunt on her site here and you can also download a copy of our Kidical Mass scavenger hunt from my Flickr account. If you use this on your blog or website, simply link back and give credit to the original images. And if you do use it for a family walk, bike ride, or community event of your own, let me know! I’d love to hear how else this idea lived on!

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5 Responses to creating a kidical mass scavenger hunt

  1. Erin B says:

    Flickr isn’t allowing me to even look at it at this point.

    • S. says:

      Hi Erin,

      thanks for the heads up! The problem should be fixed now and you should be able to see it (and download it) on Flickr!


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