Running out of fresh game ideas to keep you and your children entertained this summer?
While the TrackR’s primary purpose is to help you keep track of your important valuables and find lost belongings, it can also be employed in child’s play!
After hearing a story from a TrackR co-worker describing how his young daughter is kept entertained by the device for hours, I was inspired to think of more creative ways the TrackR can be used in children’s games.
1) Hide & Seek
Objective: Hide the TrackR device and have a player find it using the smartphone app.
Step 1: Hide the TrackR device somewhere in your home.
Step 2: Using the TrackR app, turn on the beeper function and let your child try to find the TrackR.
Step 3: After it has been found, let your child hid the device for you to find.
Step 1: You hide with the TrackR device somewhere outdoors, perhaps at a park or campground.
Step 2: Let your game partner try to find you using the TrackR app distance indicator and beeper function.
Step 3: Take turns hiding and finding the TrackR.
Objective: Tag the person whose TrackR device is ringing while he is trying to avoid getting tagged.
Step 1: Start the game by having each player attach a TrackR to a belt loop or lanyard.
Step 2: Sync all of the TrackRs to the same phone so they are all displayed in one person’s app.
Step 3: Have one person sit out the game for one round and have them randomly select one of the TrackR devices on the app to make it start ringing.
Step 4: The person with the ringing device runs from everyone else until he is tagged.
Step 5: The tagged person becomes the player who sits out and selects the next TrackR device to ring.
To add another level of competition, have the person sitting out time each round to determine who lasted the longest without being tagged. That person becomes TrackR Tag champion!
If you don’t have enough TrackR devices for all players, try this alternative version of the game:
Step 1: Randomly select one person to be “it”
Step 2: The person who is “it” attaches a TrackR to himself (either on a belt loop or on a lanyard) and sets off the beeper function using a smartphone. The beeper enables the other players to hear that person coming from a distance.
Step 3: The person who is “it” tries to tag another player while everyone else is trying to evade him.
Step 5: Once someone else is tagged, they become the new “it” and the game starts over again.
3) Treasure Hunt (For the More Ambitious)
Objective: Find various TrackRs using written clues and the TrackR app features.
Step 1: Pair several TrackR devices with your smartphone and give each one a unique name.
Step 2: Plot out the locations and clues for the hunt. If this is your first time planning a treasure hunt, try to keep it simple and straightforward. Here are tips to help you plan out the hunt: 11 Tips for Creating an Awesome Treasure Hunt
Step 3: Hide the various clues & TrackRs around your predetermined locations.
Step 4: Give the participants the phone with all of the paired TrackRs and the first clue.
Step 5: Let the hunting begin!
Make the clues fairly general and try to be creative. Avoid writing a clue that says, “Go to the park at the end of the corner and look under the first bench you come to.” Instead say, “Where the trees are green and the grass is too, a TrackR will be waiting for you!”
Be sure to indicate on each clue which TrackR the participants will be looking for next. For example, “Look for the TrackR called Blue TrackR Deluxe.”
Tell the participants to use the app to help them find the TrackRs. The distance indicator can help them hone in on the general area and the beeper function can help them locate each TrackR’s exact location.
Hide the clues & TrackRs far enough apart so players will be able to use all of the features of the TrackR app to help them find each one!
TrackR can be more than just an item locator. Its versatile features allow for an abundance of creativity and fun.
Can you think of any other games you could play with a TrackR? Let us know!