Monday, July 23, 2012

The White Elephant and the Scavenger Hunt

Each summer, when all of the cousins are visiting, the kids go on a Scavenger Hunt. They're divided into two teams, boys vs. girls. Among the items on this year's list were a Hank's flavor schedule, a packet of Sweet 'n Low, and a small American flag. After receiving the list of nearly 20 items, the girls head in one direction and the boys in the other. At a set time, they meet up at the cottage and we see who found the most items. One item on this list surprised us all...think White Elephant!

The girls look over the list before heading out.
 After returning, we read each item on the list and the kids hold up the item if they've found it.

One item on this year's list read, "An unusual item smaller than a breadbox...think white elephant".  Well, when we got to that point in the list, the boys beamed as they pull a white elephant out of the bag. The girls, meanwhile, said, "Oh, we couldn't fine a white elephant!" None of them had any idea what we meant by 'white elephant'!  Who would have thought that someone would have a real white elephant to give the kids.

Do you know what we meant by white elephant? I thought it was a common term.


Carol said...

I can't remember how many white elephant sales I participated in, but this is the first time I've actually seen a white elephant.

Sarah Huizenga said...

What great fun for those kids. A summer tradition they will always remember and hopefully past down to their own children.

Anonymous said...

It is so fun to see children look at you funny when you mention an old term...they haven't heard before and think you have horns on your head:) I would love to start this tradition too...great idea.
Laurie @ Pride in Photos