Kids love to explore, and a fun and inexpensive way to help them explore their own backyard or neighborhood with fresh eyes is with a scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts can be geared for kids of all ages, and can focus on sensory experiences, color recognition, numbers or vocabulary.
Check out these fun scavenger hunt ideas and printables that will make your next walk around the neighborhood a new adventure. Or, come up with your own list of items to look for!
Neighborhood Bear Hunt
Neighborhoods all over are putting stuffed bears in their windows and participating in neighborhood bear hunts. How many bears can you spot in your neighborhood?
Scavenger Hunt for Preschoolers
Color Scavenger Hunt
Look for items on your next walk that coverfree teen scavenger hunt printableevery color of the rainbow, or send the kids outside with a bag to collect specimens of each color like this version from I Heart Crafty Things.
Sketching Scavenger Hunt
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Teen Scavenger Hunt
Older kids like hunting for things, too! Send them out with their phones to snap photos of the items they find. Remind them of photo etiquette when taking pictures of others' property. Get a free teen scavenger hunt printable from Happy Mom Hacks.
Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
Look for an item to correspond to each letter in the alphabet. Write, draw or take a picture of each item found.
Gratitude Scavenger Hunt
Nighttime Scavenger Hunt
Listening Scavenger Hunt
We've identified all kinds of things to see on a walk, but what about things that can be heard? Check out this listening scavenger hunt printable from Growing Hands-On Kids.
Getting out into nature is good for the body and the spirit, so grab one of these scavenger hunt printables and go exploring!
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