The video camera scavenger hunt is so much fun! It's also great to keep the taped-material as a keepsake for the party.
Check out these free video camera scavenger hunt invitations you can print out and send to each guest:
At the scavenger hunt, divide everyone into teams (younger kids will need an adult with each team).
For more fun - each adult can take a car and drive the team around town to find things on the list. In the case of a car, it's best to have no more than 4 kids on a team, that way 4 kids and an adult can fit in one car (unless you have a big van that can hold more people).
Give each team a video camera (it's easiest to use a smart-phone that has a video function). Video taping can eat away at the battery, so make sure you have other phones/video cameras around to use, or any extra batteries, chargers, etc. If each team is riding in a vehicle, you can also give out chargers that connect the phone/video camera to the vehicle and so they can charge them while driving.
You'll be giving the kids a list of items they will need to video-tape, as well as scenarios the kids need to create, some can be really funny and others challenging. Here are examples to put on your video camera scavenger hunt list:
- The whole team sings a famous song from a famous movie while standing in front of a movie theater
- The whole team needs to act out an earthquake in the middle of town publicly (extra points to whoever makes the earthquake look real on video)
- A teammate hanging upside-down on the monkey bars while making monkey sounds for atleast 10 seconds
- Someone on the team shaking hands with a policeman/woman
- The whole team acts out a scene from a movie the birthday kid loves
- Atleast one teammate jumping off a swing
- The whole team singing a song together in front of a music store
- In public, a teammate puts a tiara or crown on their head and says "Hello, I'm the Queen of England" in an English accent
- A person walking their dog
- A member of the team bagging groceries
- Entire team in a phone booth
- Team members playing leapfrog at a local park
- Go to a toy store and someone on your team yells "OH MY GOSH IT'S A BARBIE!!" really loud
- Everyone playing duck duck goose at a mall
- Entire team in a bathtub or shower (with clothes on of course...)
- All the kids doing the Macarena dance together in a public place
- Your whole team humming the Mission Impossible song while everyone acts like a spy
- Someone on your team getting a drink from a water fountain while someone else is riding piggyback on their back
- Get a store manager to sing your country's national anthem
For your video camera scavenger hunt, try making funny, absurd, and creative situations the kids need to video-tape. For example the kids need to sing Christmas carols in front of a house (in April !), or funny scenarios the kids need to act out in public.
You can require that each scene should be taken in a certain order during the video camera scavenger hunt. You can also write a quote, saying and/or conceptual sentence and then the team-members need to video-tape their association of the sentence, saying, or quote from a song, movie, or book.
Make sure everyone knows that each video-taped scenario needs to be CLEARLY filmed, if it is only partially filmed or not really understood - they might not get the points for that specific assignment.
Print this blank video scavenger hunt printable to make your own list or the worded one:
Create your own list, one that might be closer to your kid's personality or the group that is arriving to the party.
After each team comes back from the scavenger hunt, it's best to meet up at home or a place each team can connect their video camera up to a TV or projector (that way everyone can watch the funny scenarios together).
When the video camera scavenger hunt is over, you can make a scrapbook full of pictures that were taken on the scavenger hunt (if photographs were taken).
You can also send out a picture to each guest with thank-you cards.
Here are video camera scavenger hunt thank-you cards you can print out and use:
Another cool keepsake idea is to edit a small video (possibly 10 minutes long) with all of the highlights of the video camera scavenger hunt (from all of the team's footage). Then upload the movie online or burn a DVD and send out to each guest (definitely a cool keepsake for everyone!).
You'll find more scavenger hunt for kids ideas on the Main Scavenger Hunt Ideas Page.
The video camera scavenger hunt is only one of many cool scavenger hunts. Don't forget to check out all of our other scavenger hunts:
- Neighborhood & Park Scavenger Hunt
- Beach Scavenger Hunt
- Mall Scavenger Hunt
- Nature Scavenger Hunt
- Photo Scavenger Hunt
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