The possibilities for a scavenger hunt for kids are endless! There are so many different ways to do a scavenger hunt, but you can literally take any way to do a scavenger hunt and apply any variation you’d like to it!
For instance, any of the alphabet learning scavenger hunts listed below could also be made into learning opportunities for solving math problems, or beginner reading, or just something fun like trucks or dolls. It’s virtually endless and its so exciting to change them up to fit your own child’s interests!
We’ve done our fair share of scavenger hunts around here, and will keep doing more [a lot more now that I've collected all these ideas to base them off of] and I hope it’ll inspire some fun hunting at your house too.
Please share any way you’ve done a scavenger hunt with your kids below in the comments! I’m on a hunt to find all sorts of kinds!
Learning Scavenger Hunts for Kids:
Reinforce Colors on a Scavenger Hunt:
- Search and take photos of the colors of the rainbow, from Tinkerlab.
- Score some free paint chips and take them for a color matching scavenger hunt, from And Then We Saved. Can every shade of color on the paint chip be found?
- Make a palette of colors to find in nature from I am Momma Hear Me Roar.
- Find toys of each color and collect them together, from Love Play Learn.
- Or make a rainbow of the toys of every color!
- Label a bag with a color and hunt for objects of that color around the house, from Crafts~N~Things.
Learn Numbers on a Hunt:
- Hide hearts, or other shapes, with numbers on them. Come back and match the numbers up. Perfect for beginning number learners.
- Match up the numbers found to the number of dots.
- Don’t find just one of each! Take a tally of the objects you find in nature, from Love Create Learn.
- Search for the numbered gold coins and match them up to make a pot o’ gold, from Toddler Approved.
Hunt and Learn ABC’s & Beyond:
- Search of uppercase letters around the house and match them to their correct lowercase letters.
- Go on a letter sounds hunt and make it a game!
- Find letters hidden in Easter eggs. Make spring words out of the found letters!
- Have the kids find objects that start with each letter of the alphabet, from Playdate Magazine. This is a fun classic for road trips!
- Go on a simple word hunt with a printable to download. Post-it notes make this one versatile to whatever your kid is learning! From Walking by the Way.
Outdoor Scavenger Hunts for Kids:
- Make a list for kids that can’t read yet with clipart images [or download this printable!] of objects from outdoors.
Print the list to hunt for right on the paper bag! From The Taylor House
- Hide favorite toys around the yard or park. Go on a Dinosaur Treasure Hunt , from Happy Whimsical Hearts, or a Toy Animal Hunt at the Park from Adventures of Mommydom.
- A nature scavenger hunt printable from How to Nest for Less, to find objects, colors, shapes and even how they feel.
- A scavenger hunt printable for a day at the zoo, from I Can Teach My Child.
- Go on a scientific scavenger hunt with clues and make observations along the way. This one’s a little tougher and probably better for older kids. I love the ribbons to mark their destinations though! From Imagine Childhood.
- For beginning hunters, create a simple treasure box to find coins.
- Set up a buried treasure in a bucket of sand for the kids to dig through and find hidden objects.
- Make your own treasure map to find the prize. Mom It Forward adds in learning opportunities at each station to get the next piece of the map.
- Go on a ‘treasure’ hunt around the neighborhood. How Does She does this as a sneaky way to capture memorable moments on video!
Various Ways to do a Traditional Scavenger Hunt:
- Describe items to hunters to find, instead of object names. From Chronicles of an Infant Bibliophile.
- Find objects along the string, a fun way too get moving indoors!
- Follow the string to find your treasure, or Easter basket, from Spoonful.
- Take photos of the objects to find. Find an object for each letter of the alphabet, from Fun at Home with Kids.
- Set up a colorful rainbow hunt to search for the colors of the rainbow with clues on each color.
- Add a twist to the clues by making them magic clues. Check out 5 Orange Potatoes for the how to.
- A matrix of tape is fun in itself, but add in the fun of finding pom poms along the way creates a challenge to get through. Up the ante with assigning a color of pom pom to each child.
I’m on a hunt to find more ways to do a scavenger hunt!
Share any scavenger hunts you’ve done!
What about getting active with the kids? Click the image below for 10 ways for YOU to join the kids and get moving with them outside!