Goose Chase is an app where the user can create and implement their own custom scavenger hunt. The user creates the scavenger hunt on Goose Chase’s website, assigns points for each item, sets the method of “proof” (photo, text response, etc.) and then sets a start and end time. The scavenger hunt creator can make up their own items to find or choose from a large database of pre-written items which already have points assigned to them.
After the scavenger hunt is completed, the players can then open the Goose Chase app on their phone and search for the scavenger hunt via name or numeric code. They can play solo or join a team as well. The players then move through the scavenger hunt and keep track of how many points they accumulate in the amount of time they have to finish.
For younger children who cannot yet read, assistance will be required to read directions and clues on the scavenger hunt.
Goose Chase is free to download on Android and iOS but in-app purchases are available.
Each scavenger hunt has a specific start and end time, so the players need to be aware of how much time they are taking to complete each item on the list. If they are having a difficult time locating an item, they need to have the confidence to move on and choose another possibly easier to find item in order to conserve as much time as possible. Players who struggle with time management may find that they have spent an unequal amount of time looking for one object only to find that they have run out of time. For these players, paying close attention to how long they have been looking for an item and skipping to the next one after a minute or two can be a way to become more aware of the time you are taking to complete a task.
Focus: Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.
Because the timer is constantly ticking, players need to use their focus skills to pay attention to items on the list and not get distracted. If the scavenger hunt is taking place in a location with a lot of distractions, they will need to block these out and continue on with their search. Players who struggle with focus may find that they cannot block out these distractions and are caught up in talking with their partners, looking at other objects, etc. For these players, having an incentive to focus such as a prize for the winning team can be a way to nurture the focusing skill by offering a tangible reward for good practice of this skill.
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