You can use the task cards in a number of different ways, from bringing one or two cards along when going walking or camping, to preparing and running a full amazing race for the kids and their friends.
Considerations when running a full race:
Visit the area you wish to bring your kids alone, or do some research on the features. Make sure you choose an area which is safe, with clearly marked routes and which isn't too long. We suggest racing for between 60 minutes and 2 hours, (with a break) depending on your childs age.
Read through the list of tasks and choose approximately 4 - 7 which will work well with the age of your children and the area you intend to run the race. Try to use a mix of active and leisurely challenges that take advantage of interesting terrain.
Also consider whether there is sufficient access for the locations you intend to hold the race, especially if they require equipment.
Print out your selected task cards, separating the parent information from the task cards. Laminate the cards if possible, to be able to reuse them.
Read through the parent information for each task. Purchase or acquire any required resources to run the race.
Consider also how you wish to present the clues. If the area you are visiting is reasonably quiet, or if you have another adult on hand to assist, you may be able to place the clues ahead of time in locked boxes or tied to trees. If so, you will need the appropriate locks or rope.
Plan the route using map, visit or knowledge of the area. Take a photograph of each clue location, mark it on a map or describe how to get there. The racers will need to know where to go next. Keep the location clues you create with the relevant cards so you know where to place everything.
Each activity will need a task card to be given to the team before they start, and a clue to be given to the team when they complete each challenge, to direct them to find the location of the next activity. Some activities will have built in clues to find the next one, such as finding instructions with binoculars and decoding clue cards.
If you have more than one child, or your child has a friend or family member they can form a team, otherwise you can be their teammate yourself.
If the area is reasonably isolated, and laws allow, you can set up the race clues beforehand, placing them in spots that won't be disturbed by passersby such as tree hollows or small clearings off the trail (make sure you don't leave anything behind)
Otherwise (or if you don't have the time/ ability) you can hold onto the clues, follow the team/s and distribute them when they complete each task successfully.
If equipment is needed and be placed in advance by a responsible person, place it into a sturdy backpack to take along with the teams. If doing it this way you will need one set of equipment for each team.
If you don't have several teams involved to create competition, then set an an appropriate amount of challenge time to give the kids something to aim for.