Got a bit of time to kill at a restaurant or doctor's office? Hanging out with a bunch of your friends and need something to pass the time? Try our Purse Scavenger Hunt! This impromptu game can be played in many ways, and can be used for everything from full-out parties to backyard get togethers. The results are always exciting as the items requested can be anything from a nail file to a lobster bib! Grab your bags, and happy hunting!
AgeTweens, Teens, Adults, Seniors
Number of Players3 to 4, 5 to 10, 10 to 20, 20+
Prep Time5 minutes or less
Time Length5 - 15 minutes
DifficultyEasy peasy (fun and simple)
Space NeededSmall (a clearable open space the size of a 1-car garage), Medium (a clearable open space the size of a 2-car garage)
Mess FactorClean and tidy
1. Have everyone grab their purses, backpacks or bags. Depending upon your crowd, guests can work in teams (like husbands and wives, kids and parents, sister and brother, etc.) or they can play for themselves.
2. Designate one person as the "MC". The MC should have either our downloadable list of items, or their own list of items. Set the MC in a place where everyone can see/hear them.
How to Play
1. The MC will call out an item from their list. For example, they might say "A nail file!"
2. Everyone in the room roots through their bag to find a nail file. If they have one they must run it up to the MC (this is when it's great to have a nimble partner, like a kid). Whoever reaches the MC first with their item is awarded a point (either by writing their name on a pad and keeping score, or by giving them some sort of token).
3. Keep playing as long as you like, or until you run out of items. Tally up any points accumulated. The player with the most points wins!
1. Instead of having an official MC, have your players take turns naming odd objects. The player naming the object is eliminated from that round as a player, but they do get to choose who wins the round. Keep switching the MC so that everyone gets a turn. This can keep the game quite interesting, as players vie to outdo each other for interesting, quirky items.
2. Give categories instead of direct objects. For example: things you can write with, things you'd find in a supermarket, things you'll throw away, things you can't live without, things that float, things that are yellow... You can either award a point per item for each player, or award a point to the player who gathers the most items in each category.
1. Make sure that everyone knows they must root through their bag each time. No one is allowed to dump the contents of their bag on the table.
2. If you are in a large space, or if movement throughout the room is hard, just have players raise their hands or stand up at their spots to signal they have the item.
3. In a case of a tie, the MC can decide whether to award one point to each player or to a single player.