Sneak peek of one special event from the book:

Imaginary Scavenger Hunt


Program: The Imaginary Scavenger Hunt is a search for, creation or drawing of imaginary items. It is simple in concept, but vast in its possibilities. An example: A creation of something odd or unusual you might find in (insert name) car. The participant is not expected to go inside the person’s car to find the item. Instead, what’s elicited is a representation -- created from arts & crafts supplies, or an actual object(s) found in or around your facility, perhaps modified to suit the purpose.

At the end of the program, your group will go through the list and share the creations in front of the entire group. This event requires lots of imagination and creativity from both the participants and you. Humorous and/or satirical creations are always welcomed, but every effort should be made not to ridicule or hurt the feelings of any volunteer or staff member whose name is listed for the hunt.

All participants should play a role and/or help create items on the list, for example:

A Purple People Eater
Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Merlin’s Wand
Fairy Dust
The Hope Diamond
A Declaration of Independence
A Ray of Hope
The Key To My Heart
Thor’s Hammer (Thor being the God of Thunder)
The Voice of the People
A Looking Glass Tie

Further Possibilities: (Additional information can be found inside the book!!)

What you’ll need: Construction paper, scissors, glue, magic markers and any other arts and craft supplies easily available.

To add spice: Besides working with arts & crafts supplies, participants should be encouraged to create unusual, strange, and funny objects – perhaps a collage or composite of different things inspired by books, dreams, tall tales, fantasy characters, or special effects in the movies.

People: Organizers and staff members are active participants in the hunt and could help the participants dream up ideas for each item on the list.

Place: Leaders should take the participants inside a room or crafts-related setting to form the teams and create the items. The actual sharing of the created objects can take place anywhere, from a gym to a classroom, open meadow, or activities room.

Spin-off Educational Activities: Study the nature of satire and how it has been masterfully done in books and movies. Write satirical sketches of people and creatures in the worlds of politics, entertainment, sports, or fairy tales. Then, present them – in the form of mini-plays – for the group. Critique which ones are the best and explore why.


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