Question: I would like to do a scavenger hunt for my staff's Christmas party next week. There is a language problem because a third of my staff does not speak English very well; they are of Hispanic tongue. I want everyone to be able to participate and don't want their lack in the English language to ruin their fun. I would also like some ideas for a successful scavenger hunt with a Christmas theme. Is this something you can help me with?
Answer: You're right... the language barrier makes things a tad more difficult.
1. If you choose to hide items you could hand out a page of pictures of the items to look for rather than a written list. To make it more difficult, you could use the Find Me Scavenger Hunt idea and take pictures of a small piece of each item you are setting up around your party area, photographing enough to make the item possible to find, but difficult.
2. If you have good pictures of your staff and you have access to photo editing programs or scanners, you could make crazy pictures up using 1/2 of two different employees' faces or 1/4 of four different employees' faces and have your staff guess whose faces were used to make these new faces. Make it fit your Christmas theme by mounting these faces on bristol board and cutting around the outside of the faces. Attach a folded triangle behind them so they'll sit upright, and put Santa, elf or reindeer hats on them. (Don't know if this is too much work for you, but it sure would be fun and funny, and add some lovely decor to your party location). If you need further instructions on this, just let me know.
4. I have no idea how big your party venue is, but you could set a time limit, give each team a different Christmas color.... green, red, gold, silver, etc., and have them find as many items as possible in their color.
NOTE: There is a staff signature scavenger hunt HERE and I have ideas for more intricate clue based hunts at the office for those who don't have a language barrier to deal with.