Activity time: 10 minutes
Preparation for Activity
- Create a wide open space for a standing circle.
Description of Activity
Have group stand in a circle without chairs. Say, in your own words:
One way we act according to the Principle that we should search for truth and meaning is by asking questions that will help us learn. We are going to have a scavenger hunt for people. To find the people you are looking for, you will have to ask one another questions.
Explain that you will name a category. Each person will have to find someone in the group who fits that category, by asking each other relevant questions. Say:
If I ask you to find someone who has a pet and learn what kind of pet they have, what questions might you ask? (Affirm: "Do you have a pet?" / "What kind of pet do you have?")
Once you find someone who fits the category, go to the side of the room and stop asking questions. Other people may still come up to you and ask, for example, if you have a pet. You are not trying to find a partner. There can be more than two people who fit the same category. You will find out only when you ask questions.
To include everyone, encourage children to try to find different people for the various questions. You might add a rule: If someone has been your match for a category, you cannot ask that person a question for a new category until you have asked everyone else!
Play the game for at least four categories, up to 10 minutes. Use these categories or your own.
Scavenger Hunt Categories
Find someone who ...
- Has a pet, and find out what kind of pet and what its name is
- Can name three planets, and ask them to do it
- Can do a silly dance, and have them show it to you
- Has a sister or brother, and ask what their name is
- Likes candy, and ask what their favorite is
- Has gone to an interesting museum, and ask what they liked best there
- Has a library card, and ask them to name one book, CD, or DVD they have borrowed from the library
- Reads (or listens to stories) almost every day, and ask them to name one of their favorite books
Including All Participants
Tailor the categories to the group. To make sure everyone has opportunities to be included, use information you know about the children who are present, but remember, the point of the activity is for children to ask one another questions.