Mom loved our Pilgrim Scavenger Hunt. She didn’t hurry around the neighborhood. Mom was a sedate walker (read: slow) but she would do her best to stay in the game, gathering “turkey” feathers and singing impromptu “Thanksgiving Carols” to startled neighbors not quite finished with their family dinner (and not quite sure why they answered the door.) Mom loved to laugh and the Pilgrim Scavenger Hunt guaranteed lots of laughter. I hear laughing is good for the soul and for making room for dessert. Don’t quote me. I know nothing. Except I know a good dessert–like the pumpkin cheesecake I indulged in last evening. Sigh.
I don’t do the Pilgrim Hunt every year. My kids groan a little if I pull out the stained orange copies. But if little Kaiya and Evera make it for Thanksgiving, everyone plays. First, make teams and go over the rules (there aren’t any.) Give each team a paper bag and send them on their way. Prizes aren’t necessary, but always fun. Canvas the unsuspecting neighborhood sometime between turkey and pie. #kidsThanksgivingactivites
Pilgrim Scavenger Hunt
(see number 9 first)
(30 minutes to complete – 20 bonus points if completed under time limit!)
1. One wild turkey feather or a reasonable facsimile. 5 pts.
2. A pilgrim’s pet rock. (Be prepared to demonstrate its favorite trick.) 5 pts.
3. Six different types of leaves from dense forests hereabouts. 6 pts.
4. One forked stick that would be perfect for killing snakes. 10 pts. (One dead snake=25 pts.)
5. One Thanksgiving carol sung before a neighbor’s house. Request astonished neighbor sign his/her name here (don’t tell them you are related to me): ____________________________
6. One musket ball (or, similar object.) 5 pts.
7. Any small weed – roots and all – for pilgrim soup (these are desperate times.) 5 pts.
8. A four-line poem in rhyming couplet about Thanksgiving – write on back. 20 pts.
9. Number of steps around our settlement (this block.) 10 pts.
10. Piece of wood to add to winter’s fuel supply. 5 pts.
11. Scalp count: one gray hair, one red hair (God-given or not) one brown hair, one blond hair. 10 pts.
12. A friendly “hello” to a Pilgrim stranger – write name of startled person:_________________5 pts.
13. Anything that rhymes with pie(or, pumpkin or mincemeat) and come back for dessert. 10 pts.
14. Extra 20 pts. if you bring a lonely stray Pilgrim home with you for dessert
15. Gravy and mashed potatoes (snow? mud? the real thing from an indulgent neighbor?) 10 pts.
Make each team perform their carol or rhyming couplet. First team back gets first dibs on dessert. Printable HERE.
For another fun Thanksgiving tradition, see Susan’s table story: she tapes a customized question on the bottom of everyone’s plate. Mom would’ve loved that, Susan!
Remembering Mom this week. She would’ve been 100 on November 15th. She made it to a week-shy of 95 – walking even more sedately by that time.
Happy Birthday, Mom. See you in Glory.
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