Both Ed and Josh presented very interesting ways to get your kids to think analytically and to begin to look at (and enjoy) topics like cryptology and non-base-ten number systems.
Ed described in “lively” detail how he constructs scavenger hunts for his and the neighbor’s kids each year at his family’s holiday party. While listening, I remembered that I too have done this.
A few years ago, it was Trevor’s birthday and we bought him a gift that he would have never expected we would buy (a gaming console). So rather than just simply wrap the gift and give it to him at his birthday party, I (like Ed) made finding it a challenge; I created a “Quest” to find his gift.
I dig through my old notes and I found it…
[Solution: Underground water meter box]
[Solution: Our mailbox]
I only have one,
But bikes have two,
I help in the yard,
and carry things too.
I’m called evil by some.
And I’m tropical and green.
But what you are looking for,
will not easily be seen.
[Solution: Palm Tree (inside family joke)]
I’m in the family of spagetti,
And Macaroni is another.
Be careful when you find me,
or the water will cause bother.
[Solution: Pool Noodles/Floats]
Longer than a snake I am.
Green as the grass I stay.
You can find me hanging about,
Until I’m called on to spray.
[Solution: Hose Reel]
Water my only purpose,
Yet only seen from my spout.
You finding me quickly,
I gather much doubt.
[Solution: Rain Gutter downspout]
I ride the waves with speed,
bouncing and splashing, indeed.
Within my void you will see,
The end of your quest it will be.
[Solution: His gift is in the boat]
My quest turned out to be a great success, both Trevor and his friends loved it. After last night’s talk at SANS, I think I’ll be doing more of these…