This weekend the grand kids came over for a few hours to visit. We were sitting around talking and I asked them if they were up for a Snipe Hunt?
My daughter having been raised by me in a farming community was already savy to snipe hunts as when she was young I’d educated both children on Snipe Hunts so they did not get fooled into going on one. Her first instinct was that I was having fun and would teach my grand kids the meaning of “gullible”.
I kept the Snipes in the box and didn’t let my grand kids look inside it. This was pretty much the conversation:
Grandma Grace: “It’s a nice day and I bought a couple of Snipes, would you like to hunt them?”
Grand kids: “What are Snipes?”
Grandma Grace: “They are wiley creatures and you have to watch out for them when you find them because they may be agitated especially if you separate them. They get to calling to one another and get louder and louder. Most people catch ‘em with a sack but we will see how mad they get by being separated. You may be able to pick them up especially because mine are babies!”
Mr. K: “Is this a toy?”
Grandma Grace: “Look at the box I keep them in. If they were toys would there be air holes for them?”
Looking over at my daughter I can tell she is now totally confused on exactly what I have planned.
Miss B is more than ready to go out and hunt a couple of snipes so Mr. K decides he will go out even though he isn’t sure if I’m kidding or not.
Grandma Grace: “I’ll go out and let them out of the box on either side of the yard so they can’t see each other. They will start calling to each other in a moment or two. Then it will make it easier for you to find them. I’ll look around for a stick just in case you may need it to defend yourself. Some Snipes don’t do well in a fear state of being separated.”
Miss B: “You have to hit them with a stick?”
Grandma Grace: “Only if I think I might loose a finger. But you have to catch them, you can’t just let them run around the forest causing havoc!”
Grandma Grace: Now remember if their eyes are flashing it is scary but safe to pick them up. That is a sign they are calling for help and aren’t harmful. Before the flashing eyes…you might want to keep that stick handy and just wait for the eyes to start flashing!”
Surprisingly they both went outside with me. I could tell they intended to keep their distance before judging they may need the stick to keep those fingers.
I directed Mr. K off to the left side.
I sent Miss B to the right side.
Just to let you know what a good Snipe Story Teller I am, my daughter decided to help Miss B out on the search.
Using their ears both children located their Snipes and to their relief their eyes were flashing red!
They brought me their Snipes and I had them put them in their nest and to their surprise both Snipes quit calling out and their eyes quit flashing red.
After we went inside I told both kids the story behind the Snipes on that evening in 1885 when the Biela comet crashed.
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This is a fun game inside or outside. It allows the seekers hunting the snipes to use their auditory skills besides their visual ones.
I don’t think my grand kids will grow tired of going on Snipe Hunts and I can adjust the level of difficulty for them in finding the Snipes according to age level. This game is suggested for ages 6+.
I’ll be using these Snipes to kick off our traditional family Stocking Stuffer Scavenger Hunt this holiday season where they will have to find a Snipe with their first clue to find their treasures to stuff their Christmas stockings.
(Just so you know I don’t hit animals with sticks nor would I teach my grandchildren to do so. But part of making a Snipe hunt successful is building the suspense. )
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