Host a New Year’s Eve Video Scavenger Hunt – Ideas for a Fun Night!

When I was a teenager, we loved to host New Year’s Eve parties.  I’m a bit of a social girl and love to hang out with the people I love the most.  One of those parties, we had a video scavenger hunt.  It was a lot of fun.  Fast forward 20 years.  My daughter was turning 14 years old and thought it sounded fun to do the same thing.  Yeah, I thought that was a great idea, too.  So last year, at her 14th birthday party, we planned our first one.  It was a success, although we had some technical difficulties with our videos afterwards.

 

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What You Do on a Video Scavenger Hunt

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–  Break all party attendees into 2 or more teams.

– Have a list of tasks, many of which are silly or funny for each team to work through in no particular order.

– Make sure each team has a way to take video (that has a completely charged battery, lol)

– Make sure each team has a flashlight and is instructed to video in the light as much as possible, as darkness makes it hard to see the videos of course.

– Set a time limit, so that you’re not waiting forever for everyone to return.

Once you’ve gathered your teams, your clues and your video equipment, each team takes off in their cars (with a responsible driver) and attempts to complete all of the tasks on their list, the fastest.  The first team to  complete all tasks, without cheating is the winner.  When you get back to the party place, you all watch the videos.

It is hilarious and a LOT of fun!  Here’s an example of one of our very short videos….(beware though, there’s an awesome burp at the end….lol….and the video is not great quality).

 

Video Scavenger Hunt Ideas:  What Should I Use for the Tasks?

 

You can get as creative as you want for this.  We like to use a list of about 15-20 things to do.  Many of the tasks could be specific to your town or your area.  Also, you may want to think up some that are a challenge, or the answer to a riddle.  Here’s some examples of what we had done or plan to do in the future:

  1. Imitate a statue in your town (ours was a miniature version of the Statue of Liberty) and sing Mary Had a Little Lamb.
  2. Fork someone’s yard.  (preferably a friend, who will think it’s funny)  [If you don't know what forking someone's yard is, it is buying plastic forks and sticking them into the ground, all over a person's yard]
  3.  Go buy a stranger a gift and give it to them.
  4. Play ring around the rosy around a light pole near a busy street.
  5. Drink a can of soda and burp.
  6. Go sing a Christmas Carol at a friend’s door.
  7. Have one person in your group try to sell an old beat up car to your group.
  8. Take a video/picture of the whole group posing next to a yellow car that doesn’t belong to you.
  9. Each person in group picks up 10 items of litter.
  10. Whole group on the swings at the park.
  11. Do cartwheels or at least try to.  (whole group)
  12. Go buy a jar or pouch of baby food and have one team member spoon feed it to another team member.
  13. Baby talk to a dog.
  14. Everyone on team shake hands with a law enforcement official.
  15. Go trick or treating at someone’s house.
  16. Skip backwards across a street downtown.
  17. Pose with inflatable Christmas decorations in someone’s yard.
  18. Build a gingerbread house
  19. Each person on team chews a piece of gum and blows a bubble at the same time.
  20. Play tag together.
  21. Play leap frog.
  22. Run the bases at a local baseball diamond.
  23. Swing from monkey bars.
  24. Make up your own – the possibilities are endless!

 

Do you have some great ideas for video scavenger hunt tasks and clues?  Please leave a comment to share what you would do!

 

Video Scavenger Hunt Ideas

 

 


6 Christmas Ideas to Get Your Tween Girl for Christmas

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Microsoft.  All opinions are 100% my own.  If you’re looking for a great deal on a tablet, be sure to read to the end, as you can get this amazing deal BEFORE Black Friday! 

 

6 Christmas Gift Ideas for Tween Girls

Craft Supplies:  Tweens love to be creative.  This is a great time for them to learn how to knit or crochet, so knitting needles and instruction books could be a great idea.  Craft lessons would also be fun.  Scrapbooking supplies and other crafting projects would be great as well!  My kids love to work with photographs at this age!

 

Clothes:  What tween girl doesn’t love to look nice?  Well, I guess a few don’t care, but in general, this is the age where they like to get all dolled up and looking cute!  An outfit complete with shoes and accessories would be perfect for a girl this age!

 

Books:  This is typically the age where they start caring more about reading, too.  There’s book series’ like Anne of Green Gables, Chronicles of Narnia and more that will keep their interest for a long time.  For recommendations, be sure to visit your local library and I’m sure they’ll give you lots of great ideas!

 

Movies:  My tween hasn’t given me her list of movies she’d love to own yet, but….I know it’s coming.  Last year, that was the main thing on her list.  She loves owning her favorite movies.

 

An Excursion:  What tween doesn’t love going out and having a bunch of fun?  A trip to go bowling, ice skating, to a theme park, an indoor water park, a pizza place with arcade, go cart riding, shopping, etc.  It’s one of those clutter free gifts that everyone has fun with!

 

A Tablet:  This has got to be my tween daughter’s number one pick on her list this year!  You know which one I’ve got my eye on?   The Microsoft HP Stream 7 Signature Edition!  I just found out that you can get it right now, way before Black Friday for only $99!  What an amazing deal!!  The HP Stream 7 tablet from Microsoft Store is available NOW, both online and in stores!  

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Why is the Microsoft HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet a Great Deal at $99?

  • It is a nice size – 7″ HD Screen.
  • It has free anti-virus software built right in.
  •  It comes with some great software!   Office 365 Personal (with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and 1TB of online storage ($69.99 value), all for FREE.  That alone makes it worth while!  Imagine being able to work on your PowerPoint presentation or your Excel files from your tablet while on the go.  
  • Plenty of storage at 32 GB.
  • It’s run by Windows, so will integrate well with your other Microsoft computers and programs.
  • It has amazing HD video quality.
  • Built in front facing and back facing camera.
  • It’s everything you could want for your tween for an amazing price!  (In fact, I may be getting one for my 9 year old, too…shh don’t tell)

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As you can see, this tablet is an amazing buy at $99! Not only is it the perfect gift for those on your list, but it’s also a perfect gift for yourself!

What gift is a must-have for your tweens this year?

 

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Apple Painting: A Fun Fall Activity for Children

Apple Painting is a fun craft for children where they can use their creativity and fine motor skills to create a festive art project for Fall.  Apple painting is  a great tactile sensory activity for kids too!

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How To Make An Apple Painting:

Supplies:

  • Apple
  • Paint (red, yellow, or green)
  • Construction Paper
  • Paper Plate
  • Corn-on-the-cob Holders

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Directions:

1.  Pour the paint onto a paper plate and spread it around with a paint brush.

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Helpful Hint:  Add some hand soap to the paint and mix well.  The soap will make it easier to wash any access paint from the table or painting surface, clothes, or little hands.

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2.  Cut the apple in half.

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3.  Insert a corn-on-the-cob holder into the skin of the apple.  The corn-on-the-cob holder makes it easier for little hands to hold and paint with the apple.

4.  Let your child apple paint by pushing the apple down into the paint, lifting it up using the corn-on-the-cob holder, and pressing it firmly onto the construction paper.

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Cost To Make An Apple Painting:

  • Apple: 20¢
  • Paint: 10¢
  • Construction Paper: 1¢
  • Paper Plate: 1¢

Total: just 32¢ for a great piece of artwork for Fall!

Teachable Moment:

Every activity has a Teachable Moment!  What is a Teachable Moment?  It is a time during every craft or project when you can teach your child something about the activity.

1.  Read Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and discuss the parts of an apple and how it grows.

2.  Eat a slice of a red, green, and yellow apple and discuss the similarities and differences.

3.  Cut the apple and look for the “star” shape made by the seeds.

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This post is written by Karen from The Saving Cents Mom.  Karen is a mom who loves to save money!  She has two amazing children and a wonderful husband who she loves to spend time.  They enjoy reading books, playing outside, watching movies, and making memories.