A suggested approach to playing a scavenger hunt game during telehealth
Playing a scavenger hunt game via telehealth can be an exciting and interactive activity. While the physical aspect of traditional scavenger hunts may be different in a remote setting, you can adapt the game to create an engaging experience. Here’s a suggested approach to playing a scavenger hunt game during telehealth:
- Choose a Theme or List of Items: Determine a theme for the scavenger hunt, such as colours, shapes, household items, or specific categories like “things that make you happy.” Alternatively, create a list of specific items or clues for the child to find during the game.
- Share the Instructions: Explain the rules and instructions of the scavenger hunt to the child and any other participants involved. Clarify how the game will be conducted and how the child can participate using their surroundings.
- Use Visual Clues or Descriptions: Depending on the child’s age and abilities, you can provide visual clues or verbal descriptions of the items they need to find. Use screen sharing to display images or written clues for the child to see, or describe the items in detail using words or drawings.
- Virtual Searching: Instead of physically collecting the items, the child can virtually search for them within their environment. They can use their webcam or mobile device to show the items they find on-screen during the telehealth session.
- Time Limits and Point System: Establish time limits for each scavenger hunt round to add a sense of excitement and challenge. You can also introduce a point system where the child earns points for each item they find correctly within the given time frame.
- Engagement with Others: If other participants, such as family members, are involved in the telehealth session, encourage them to join in the scavenger hunt as well. This allows for interaction and collaboration during the game, making it more engaging for the child.
- Reflection and Discussion: After each item is found or at the end of the scavenger hunt, take time to reflect on the experience. Discuss the items found, their significance, and engage in conversation about the child’s observations or feelings related to the items.
- Follow-Up Activities: Consider incorporating follow-up activities based on the scavenger hunt, such as creating a collage or artwork using the found items, or discussing the connections between the items and the child’s experiences or emotions.
Remember to customise the scavenger hunt based on the child’s age, developmental stage, and therapeutic goals. Adapt the difficulty level of the items or clues accordingly. Maintaining a supportive and encouraging atmosphere throughout the game will enhance the child’s engagement and enjoyment.
Leanne Hopkins is an Occupational Therapist at Succeed Healthcare Solutions and is passionate about creating a world where families thrive. If you or someone you know is interested in undertaking therapy via telehealth with a team trained and experienced in telehealth for several years, please contact us and arrange a free 15-minute Discovery Interview to see how we can assist.