Group size: Big or Small Time: Prep 1 hour, Activity 1 hourThe Hamantash Hunt is a great way for the whole community to get involved in a CTeen project! Create a scavenger hunt for the teens to gather the ingredients for hamantashen from different spots around the neighborhood. If you cannot do it on such a large scale, simply hide the ingredients throughout the shul. Then together you can bake the hamantashen. ToolboxCluesHamantash ingredients (basic recipe)
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
A pinch of salt
1 cup of oil
3 tablespoons of warm water
Zest of 2 lemons
1 cup sugar
Prep Community-wide HuntChoose 8 community members to volunteer. They should each be given one of the above ingredients as well as the next clue, and then stationed in different places. Create clues for the teens to follow and find the ingredients. You can choose to break up into groups or do it all together. Arrange transportation if needed.Chabad House HuntAlternatively, you can hide the ingredients in different locations around your Chabad House.Tips for setting up the hunt:
Hiding places should not be too easy or too hard.
If you are playing with teams, color code the clues for each team so the teams don’t take the wrong clue.
Make sure you don't hide a clue in the place it points to! An easy way to avoid this is to follow this simple method:
Label envelopes with the names of the hiding places. (Kitchen, bima, library etc).
Cut out all the clues into strips. Mix up each teams’ clue pile of strips so that the paths are not the same.
Label each strip with a number (Clue #1).
In each envelope, place the clues that follow. For instance, using the sample clues below, Clue#2 should go in the kitchen envelope and Clue #3 in the Bima envelope.
Once all the envelopes are filled with a clue from each team, take the envelopes and hide them at the location specified on it.
You may wish to do a mock play through for each team's hunt just to make sure that everything is working right.
The first clue is handed out to the teens at the beginning of the hunt.
Clue #1: If you’re in a hungry mood, go here first and find some food. (Kitchen)
Clue #2: This is where we read and roll, the parchment from the Torah scroll. (Bima)
Clue #3: Java Java Java! (Coffee machine)
Clue #4: If you want to learn and grow, turn the page, get in the know. (Library/ bookcase)
Clue #5: Add some kindness to your days! Drop one in when you’re on your way. (Pushka)
Clue #6: Take a walk and step outside, this is where you go to ride. (Parking lot.)
Clue #7: Time to chill, time to think; please go here for a cold drink. (Soda machine)
Clue #8: This place is packed with sounds of Torah and Aleph Bais every Sunday. (Hebrew school)
Clue #9: You’re almost at the very end! This is where you hang with friends. (Teen lounge or hangout)
Clue #10: The final clue. The final prize. Hiding behind the place where you look to see your eyes. (Behind a mirror)