In real life, the snipe is a bird, but to the unwitting camper, the snipe has been a legend of the forest for many years. Countless numbers of outdoorsmen have roamed the wilderness armed with a stick and a bag looking for the elusive snipe, but none have ever been able to catch one…until now!
Finally, the search for the woodland snipe has ended, but the fun is just beginning! The snipe is a legendary mythical creature that experienced campers will sometimes convince novice campers to track through the wilderness. Of course, the search ends in failure and a little laughter on the part of the experienced prankster. But now a naughty prank has become a fun game and nobody will be left feeling silly playing it!
Snipe Hunt is the newest game innovation from Education Outdoors; it features two snipes and a “nest” to set them in. The game can be played in teams or an adult can hide one of the snipes and let children search for it. After turning on a switch on the bottom of the snipe, one person hides the snipe carefully. The other person then searches for the snipe, trying to find it as soon as possible. After a few minutes, the snipe starts making chirping noises that gradually increase in frequency and volume. After five minutes, the snipe’s eyes begin to flash as well. When the player finds the snipe, he rushes back to set it in the nest and stop the chirping.
If the game is played in teams, the goal, of course, is to be the first one to find the other team’s hidden snipe and set it in the nest. I tested out this game with my boys and I was so excited to see what they would think of it.
I hid one of the snipes in our back yard and let the boys search for it. They had a great time wandering around searching but they didn’t have any luck until the snipe started making its distinctive whirring call. Then they eagerly moved closer and closer until they found it underneath our back step. “Hide it again, Mom!” Zackary cried and so I hid the snipe in our raspberry bushes and let them search for it again.
Snipe Hunt was such a fun game and is completely appropriate for all age levels. Even my two-year-old can listen for the snipe and look for its flashing eyes and when adults are playing, we just increase the difficulty of the snipe’s hiding place. It’s tons of fun for the whole family and a great game both for backyard fun at home and to take along camping or on a vacation!
If you’re looking for a great outdoor game that you can enjoy with your kids, Snipe Hunt is a fun way to challenge yourself, get some exercise and see if you can finally be the one to catch the wily snipe first! Check it out for yourself and enjoy hours of hide-and-seek fun!