If your kids love to find hidden things, try a math scavenger hunt! It's a great end-of-year activity, since it lets kids practice all the major first grade math concepts they've learned. Scavenger hunts get kids moving and searching, thinking and laughing--a great combination for learning!
Your first grade scavenger hunt will take place primarily in one room (it could be in a house or a classroom), with a brief excursion outdoors to mix things up a bit. You will not need anything special, though if the room typically does not have money in it, either plant some there or make sure you have a wallet available with some coins for kids to count.
Because a scavenger hunt is likely a new experience for first graders, most will need a lot of adult help with this--both reading the text and understanding what to do. If you do the activity with many children at once, lead kids through each step together as a group. Even better would be to break the class into small groups, with a leader in each group, if you have some adult volunteers or parents to help.
You can download a printable version of the scavenger hunt by clicking here. Have kids write down each answer as they find it. Here goes...
Talk about what you all discovered in your math scavenger hunt. Was anything hard to discover? Were there any surprises? What did you learn?