Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt Teaches Kids About Navigating Their Community
More than 40 first-and second-graders from Rockford Christian School raced around downtown Rockford in January during their Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt.
Prior to the event, students learned about communities and how to read maps using landmarks and street signs.
Students traveled in groups of five or six children and were given clues to various destinations around town.
The clues took the students to Krause Library, Douglas R. Martin Dental, Rockford Flooring, the Post Office, the Corner Bar, the dam, the Foot Depot, the fire department, Wardís Barber Shop, and the Rockford Community Federal Credit Union.
At each location, the racers would ask, “Have you seen our gingerbread friends?” To which the merchants would reply, “They were here, but quickly left, leaving behind this clue.” The students were then given another clue to the next destination.
One of the parent-chaperones said, “The kids ran the entire time. It was non-stop fun.” The last clue took the students to the banquet room at Arnie’s. The racers then decorated gingerbread cookies with sprinkles, gum drops, and frosting.
It was a great day for some fun in downtown Rockford. Special thanks to the amazing merchants in Rockford for making this event a great learning experience for the students.