Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt
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Fun Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Last Valentine’s Day I threw together a little scavenger hunt for Ash. Every now and then I try to do something sweet ๐Ÿ˜‰

Making an Awesome Scavenger Hunt for Valentine's Day

Although too young to actively participate, our son was the star โ€“ as all of the clues were written in his point of view and revolved around him too.

โ€‹One example was โ€œThis is where I like to sit and readโ€ฆโ€ and the clue was hidden under his Mickey Mouse couch in the playroom where he would pretend read.

Another clue was โ€œI havenโ€™t learned to walk yet, but I love to runโ€ and the clue was in his exersaucer โ€“ the little thing where toddlers โ€œrunโ€ in circles. ๐Ÿ™‚

It turned out super cute, and I had a good laugh watching Ash run around the house looking for the clues. And, getting stumped a few more times than I would have thought.

A New Valentineโ€™s Tradition

A few weeks ago, I was thinking about Valentines crafts and activities and making the scavenger hunt.
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So, I dug out the clues and LOVED reading through them โ€“ itโ€™s crazy how much kids change so much in one year!

I mean last year our toddler had about a five-word vocabulary and was relying mainly on sign language to tell us โ€œmore,โ€ โ€œhungry,โ€ or โ€œsleepy.โ€

This year, he is speaking in mostly run-on sentences: โ€œNo, mommy I donโ€™t like carrots, actually, I would like more rice for lunch for me, please mommy, I really want rice.โ€ :):)

Reading through all of the clues definitely took Ash and I back. So much โ€“ that I decided a Valentineโ€™s Scavenger Hunt would be a recurring thing in this household.

There is so much stress and planning and travel involved with Thanksgiving and Christmas that it will be fun to have a special Valentineโ€™s tradition in our family ๐Ÿ™‚

Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt

This year, our toddler can help make it โ€“ or help Ash find all the clues. Or both ๐Ÿ™‚

Materials For The Making A Scavenger Hunt

  • Card stock or construction paper
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors โ€“ love squiggly scissors
  • Prize to go with the last clue

Making A Scavenger Hunt

First, I typed up the clues on the computer, using a cute font with hearts. You can also handwrite them โ€“ or have your kids write them.

Then, I printed them out and cut them up using squiggly scissors. I love these scissors because they disguise my lack of being able to cut in straight lines. Next, I glued them to card stock.

Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt

โ€‹Here was the tricky part โ€“ labeling the clues so that they are put in the right places. So if the first clue is โ€œThis is where I sit and readโ€ and the answer is the couch. This clue is not the one that gets hidden on the couch. The following card will be hidden on the couch.

Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt

So, I labeled the back of each card with the place where that card was hidden โ€“ NOT with the answer to that question. This made the clues easy to hide.

And, the answers were still labeled (for later re-reading), they were just on the back of the next card.

The last clue can be hidden withย a prize. Our last clue led Ash to the mini-fridge in his office (my old dorm room fridge is still humming!), where there was a sweet treat for him ๐Ÿ™‚

Binding The Scavenger Hunt Clues

After Ash collected all the clues, I bound them all together using a hole punch in the top left corner of each card, and then aย loose-leaf binder ringย to keep them together.

This was so much easier and more organized than a rubber band or paper clip because you can flip right through them.

I also use these binder rings to bind together the Christmas cards we received each year ๐Ÿ™‚ Love them!

Iโ€™m looking forward to seeing this yearโ€™s hunt. Our little guy might give Ash a run for his money ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€‹And, Iโ€™m sure next year Iโ€™ll flip through this yearโ€™s clues saying I canโ€™t believe how much our little guy has grownโ€ฆ again ๐Ÿ™‚

73 Comments

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks, Demi! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. This looks so fun! And the cards are so cute.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks Cristina! It was easy to put together ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Helen at Pleasures of the NW says:

    What fun ideas! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks, Helen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. ShootingStarsMag says:

    What an adorable idea! Thanks for sharing. I like that you used a ring to keep the clues from last year all together.
    -lauren

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks, Lauren! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love those rings ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Krystal Sadler says:

    What a sweet idea! Thanks for sharing with us at Share the Wealth Sundays!

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks, Krystal!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Such a sweet tradition! I can imagine the smiles you must have had from reading through the old clue cards. And putting them all together to keep throughout the years is a fantastic way to remember the little details about your son’s life. (P.S. – I can’t seem to cut a straight line either…even with a proper paper trimmer!)

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Awww thanks, Leslie! Yes, I’m sure we will appreciate them even more as time goes on. Haaha I’m the worst with the paper trimmer too!

  6. Leah Courtney says:

    This is such a cute idea! I think all kids love scavenger hunts. (I’m stopping by from the Mommy Monday linkup.)

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks, Leah! They are fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. This is so cute, I am saving to do with my kids this year

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks, Hannah! Aww I hope they love it!

  8. What a GREAT idea!!!!! So many fun memories will come from this!! LOVE!!

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thank you so much, Mrs. U!! :)) We are loving it!

  9. How much fun!! I love this idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks Danielle!:))

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks Carol!:))

  10. Stephanie says:

    I love this idea! I don’t think I’ll be able to put it all together this Valentine’s Day but I would love to share it with my little guy next year.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Aww thanks Stephanie! Hope he likes it:))

  11. What a great idea! I’ve been wanting to do a scavenger hunt with my kiddos. Thanks for sharing yours!

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks Jen! It’s super easy to put together:)

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks, Teresa! Would love to:)

  12. Dani Wagner says:

    This is such a cute idea. I have three littles girls under 4 that will LOVE this.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Aww thanks, Dani!! It’s such fun:)

  13. This is a really cute idea. It almost makes me wish I had little kids at home – almost! Thanks for sharing at Over the Moon.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      LOL Shelley!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks so much, Cara!!

  14. Pamela Smith says:

    Scavenger hunts are the best! I made them all the time when the girls were young and they loved them! Sometimes I would just make simple ones on a day we needed something different to do. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Aww that’s a great idea Pamela! Thanks for sharing:)

  15. What a great idea and so much more creative and fun than just a bar of chocolate!

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Haha thanks Jen!

  16. Toni | Small Home Soul says:

    What a cute idea, my husband would love it if I did something like this for him. Heck, I’d love it if he did this for me ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thanks for sharing with us on Waste Not Wednesday Link Party!

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      LOL Toni!! Have a great week!:)

  17. What a great idea. Love the vintage cards.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks Camille :)) Me too!

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks, Jess – I sure will ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Chloe Crabtree says:

    What a fun idea!

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks, Chloe :)) We had a blast ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks Anita! It was easy to put together – and lots of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Caroline Barnes says:

    We love scavenger hunts in my family. So much fun for the kids. I had never though about doing one for Valentine’s Day. Great idea! Visiting from This is how we roll Thursdays.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks, Caroline! You could do it for any holiday! A St. Patricks Day one would be fun too ๐Ÿ™‚ Find the pot of gold at the end ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Jamie @ Medium Sized Family says:

    What a fun idea! I tend to do little things like this for my kids. I’ll have to get the Hubby in on the action this year. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Haha thanks, Jamie!! Hope you guys have fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Lil at Embracing the Lovely says:

    EEEkkkk! This looks like so much fun!!!

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      LOL thanks Lil!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. This is a super cute idea. Pinned and will share with my readers.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks, Pamela!! We appreciate the pin and share :))

  24. Carol@blueskykitchen says:

    What a cute idea for a Valentine’s party. Unfortunately (or not!), my kiddos are all grown up, but they have kids so I’m passing this on. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      LOL, thanks for sharing it, Carol ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Sandra Garth says:

    This is such a precious family activity! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks so much, Sandra! It really did turn out cute! Looking forward to this years!

  26. Lisa Ehrman says:

    This is such a wonderful idea and your cards are so adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks so much Lisa!! ๐Ÿ™‚ They were simple to make!

  27. A scavenger hunt for Valentine’s Day sounds like so much fun. I think I’ll try it with my kiddo. He’s 5, and I think he’d get a big kick out of it!

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks so much, Donella! I hope he loves it ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Aww thanks so much Theresa!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms says:

    This is so cute! What a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks so much, Vicki!:)

  29. Mary-theboondocksblog says:

    This is such a cute idea for your little boy and you can use it as a guide to see how much he is growing from year to year.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks Mary! Yes it’s crazy how fast they grow:)

  30. Sharon@bluewillowhouse says:

    Such a cute idea. My grandkids would love it. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm. Pinned

  31. What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing with us at Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks so much Jerri! And THANK YOU for the feature:))

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