Towards the end of last week, I took the kids on a Christmas light scavenger hunt!
My Husband was at class taking a final exam and the kids and I needed to get out of the house. We ran out for holiday haircuts, picked up some french fries and then drove around the neighborhood on our scavenger hunt.
The littles would ooooh and ahhhh at the lights and we “rocked out” and sang Christmas carols and songs about Jesus loudly. Moose would go between covering his ears and telling us, “it’s too yow’d” to “turn it up, Mama!”
After a few minutes of driving, I realized that while we were having a blast and the kids as happy as could be, we had one slight problem.
I had given my kids a printed list of things to find on our scavenger hunt and guess what?! MY KIDS CAN’T READ!!!!!
The two boys are young and Annie M is getting there, but some of the words were big. By the time my girl would sound out some of the words, or found the line she was looking for, we were past the house and onto the next.
She was trying so hard, asking me to spell things so she could look for the letters, spelling back to me things she knew and us going back and forth trying to connect the sights we were seeing with our list. I was driving and it was dark, so me reading it to them was not an option.
After doing this for a bit, we decided that we would see as much as we could, remember as much as we could and then get home and try to read the list and check it off together.
We were using THIS list from the Dating Divas that I saved on Pinterest. It was actually a Christmas lights scavenger hunt list, but it was created for couples and a date night – not a six, four and two and a half year old. We still had a blast and it was a good list for us to go from, even if my kids couldn’t read it. 🙂
That night when Daddy got home, the kids cheerfully told him about our adventure, and told him that they wanted to go look at lights again and have one of us help them read as we went. I decided that I would to take the list we had tried to use and make it pre-schooler/little kid friendly.
Annie M and Brother are SO excited to find them all and are already telling me which neighborhoods they think they can check off the most from. Moose is excited about the reindeer picture – that looks like a moose. Haha!
With a few more days before Christmas, and kids soon to be out of school, I wanted to share this printable with you guys! It has images for younger kids, words for kids who are learning to read or can read and then little check boxes to check off when you find them!
Click on the link above to download and print it. Let me know if you use it and feel free to pin and share! If you still need a cute printable for your kids to write a letter to Santa on, check out THIS one!
Have fun on your Christmas light scavenger hunt!!