A Thoughtful Place: Summer Saver: ABC Scavenger Hunt


Summer Saver: ABC Scavenger Hunt

I don’t post ideas for children’s activities very often on the blog, but when I come across one that is just genius, I have to share with my readers. My mother in law had ordered some darling things for my children from Kiwi Crate. It was new to me, but they specialize in hands-on activities. She also sent me a link to a blog they have and that is where I discovered the idea for this Alphabet Train. Please check out Kiwi Crate blog for the original idea and post.


Step 1: Have children put out 26 pieces of paper

Step 2: Kids search to put the letters in ABC order on the paper


Step 3: Children search the house for things that begin with each letter.



My favorite was the build-a-bear underwear for “u” neatly folded on the paper!



Step 4: Laugh and enjoy!

Kiwi Crate blog referred to this idea as a Sanity Saver for when you are cooking dinner. Such a great idea. My husband and I actually had the kiddos do it as the after dinner activity one evening. The kids has such a ball. It was so fun listening to them work together and search the house. We kept it on the floor overnight and then they put everything back in the morning {which surprisingly, only took about five minutes}.

If you have come across any fun sanity saver ideas, please feel free to leave them in the comment section.  I know so many of us could use some fresh new ideas!


And in other news, I want to announce the winners of the Novica Gift Cards!!

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  1. Great idea for little ones! I just posted about homemade chalkboard paint that we made. My girls are doing a self led reading incentive this summer and i let them choose their own rewards, one of which was the chalkboard paint. Its free, easy and kept them both entertained for ar least an hour.

  2. Brilliant idea! Would be fun for a kids party {or for adults too :)

    ~ Jillian

  3. What a cute idea! I will have to remember this for later. Brilliant!


  4. What a fun idea we may have to try this!

  5. Love this!! My two youngest are 5 and 6. They will love this!! And they can get help from the older two who are 10 and 12! Great family activity!

  6. How fun! Love games that get their creative juices flowing. I am still laughing about the Build A Bear undies!!

  7. I'm glad you decided to break your "rule" - this is a great idea. I'm going to use it...and I'm going to "pin it"

  8. So funny, I just wrote a post for next week about indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts. I LOVE this idea of the alphabet! Great for a rainy day when the kids are stuck inside, or when you need a little something to break up a long day! Your munchkins are so cute.

  9. Great idea! Will save this for later when Sterling is old enough to know his ABC'S:)

  10. This is such a great (and CHEAP) idea!! Need to pin it now before I forget it ;)

  11. This is great! We will be trying this for sure. I even think my 8 year old would enjoy helping the two younger kids do it.

  12. i love this idea! i am pinning it since we have scavenger hunt on our summer list!

  13. Dinner time is always a huge battle so this really is a sanity saver!!! Maybe the hubbs won't walk into World War III tonight (c;

  14. what a great idea for the kids thanks for sharing

  15. I totally need more of those before-dinner activities. Right now, James is so into his iPad! But he does know his letters, "J for James, M for Mama . . . " :)

  16. Oh, we will totally do this one! Love it, and my kiddos will too!


  17. You are such a creative Mommy! I love this activity for your kids!


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