Semi-Passive Programming

veryhungryAs I mentioned in my last post on Passive Programming (aka programming which requires little to no attention during the program or preparation), we hit a snag when we planned our scavenger hunts.  Our scavenger hunts alternated with our Passive Challenges, but they turned out to be a little more work than we planned.  My co-worker planned 3 of the scavenger hunts and I did one.  Our scavenger hunt themes:

  • Very Hungry Caterpillar
    • Patrons had to find all the food that the caterpillar ate and then they had to locate him as a butterfly.  This hunt focused on our jO or Picture book section.  We displayed a photo of the food (copied from the book) and the kids had to wander the area looking for it.  There were no real clues.  This turned out to be (I think) the favorite since so many children obviously LOVE the story and know it by heart.  The prize was a very hungry caterpillar finger puppet made out of cardstock with 2 finger holes (we have a die-cut for puppet holes)
  • Food-related Fairy Tales
    • Fairy Tale characters were hidden all around the room.  Clues gave hints as to what section.  Even I got stumped on 1 or 2 of these.  The prize was a candy land bandaid (in case the witch got your finger!) or, when we ran out, a fortune teller fish
    • CHARACTER HUNT (No graphics)
  • Library
    • I took photos of different things around the library, wrote a clue to go with it, and kids had to check off each item when they found it in the room.  The prize was a custom made magnet by our awesome Library Assistant (and scavenger hunt creator extraordinare) which featured our library card tree.
    • Library Scavenger Hunt
  • Juvenile Fiction & Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
    • By this hunt, everyone was tired of thinking since it was the last week of SRP.  10 different books in the j Fiction section were highlighted (pictures were provided for the little kids) and when the book was located, there was a sign that had a picture of the book and the genre.  Kids were asked to write down the genre.  The final book was in the Roald Dahl area, where kids got a (red) golden ticket that they could trade in for a miniature candy bar

For the most part, the scavenger hunts were very successful.  They were a lot easier to navigate than the Waldo Scavenger hunt, and people are still asking what this week’s challenge/hunt is even though SRP has been over for a week.  We made these ones very accessible to children of all ages, so no one felt left out.  The main surprise were how much people struggled with the J Fiction hunt – especially since we made it even easier and put the clues/items in alphabetical order by author’s last name, just like how the section is shelved.  People were bouncing all over the place, rather than going row by row.  We averaged 100-150 people each week participating in the scavenger hunts and they took 10-20 minutes to complete usually.


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