October 4, 2017
Indoor Hunting activity can be used to enhance a child's observation skills, lateral thinking skills and time management. In the activity children are given a list of objects that they have to find from a designated area.
ATTACHMENT 1 - contains 7 indoor hunting lists and one blank list template. You can also create your own lists.
Guidance for facilitator
A facilitator’s role is to conduct the activity – put together the material, give instructions, ensure fairness and no cheating, keep time, ask reflection questions and summarise the learning. Any extra tasks will be mentioned in other sections.
How to Play?
1Print the Indoor Hunting list or prepare your own.
- This is a list of objects that the players must find.
- For younger children, keep the list simple. Do not include sharp objects or breakable objects for them.
- You can make the list as complex as required depending on the reading comprehension level of the children and the space available.
2Identify boundaries of the play area. For example: don’t go into X person’s room, do not go outside the main door, etc.
3Identify the assembly point where the teams should come to after finishing their list.
4Hand out to every team – one indoor hunting list, one pencil, one bag to hold the hunted objects, a mobile phone with camera (optional) and a magnifying glass (optional).
5Explain the rules to the children:
- Every team as a different indoor hunting list. This list contains some objects that you must find within 15 minutes.
- The teams have to find objects in their lists accurately and come to the assembly point as soon as they finish. The facilitator will use a timer to note every team’s time.
- Use your own imagination, ideas and observation skills to find objects that match. For example, ‘something that makes noise’ could be a crumpled piece of paper, a music instrument, or a spoon and a glass.
- Once all teams are back, the facilitator will verify whether all objects found by the team meet the description in the list. The team will get points only for the correct items. No points for wrong or missing objects.
- The team with most points will win the game. In case of a tie, the team’s finishing time will be used as a tie breaker.
- The teams are allowed to ask clarification questions to the facilitator.
- If there are more than one child playing, let them know that each of them has a different list. So that they don’t fight over the same object.
- The decision of the facilitator will be final.
- Be careful not break or damage anything.
- No running, yelling, screaming or pushing.
- The teams have to collect the objects in the bag provided and bring to the assembly point (or take photos of the objects if they are too heavy to move).
- After the game, the teams should put the things back into place.
6Play the game as described above. Facilitator checks the objects brought by the teams and announces the winner.
Discuss / Reflect (At the end of Game)
1What was the winning team / player’s strategy?
Tips & Variations
1If the identified items are too heavy to move, you could give the children a camera to shoot a picture of the object as proof of identification.
2Use this game to teach different concepts to children. For example, to teach shapes create a list with items like 3 rectangles, 1 kite, 2 objects that have no angles, 3 objects with three sides and 3 angles, 2 hexagons, etc.
3If you want to play the game outdoors, set up the rules accordingly. For example: taking help from strangers is allowed / not allowed, buying things allowed / not allowed, going outside the designated area is allowed / not allowed, and so on.
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