The possibilities of ideas for a scavenger hunt for kids are endless!
There are so many different fun scavenger hunt ideas for kids, 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 scavenger hunt ideas you have done with your kids below in the comments! I’m on a hunt to find all sorts of kinds.
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Learning Scavenger Hunt Ideas 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.
- Make a color key to find pre-hidden objects!
- Or go on a color scavenger hunt with toys to make a rainbow!
- 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 for 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 Hunt Ideas 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 texture scavenger hunt in your own backyard.
- Take the kids on a nature walk scavenger hunt and incorporate counting, great for preschoolers!
Treasure Hunt Ideas:
- 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!
- Go on an outing to the store and do a grocery store scavenger hunt! Great for kids to help on errands!
- Take photos of the objects to find. For example, take photos of objects of different shapes or beginning letter sounds.
- Set up a colorful rainbow scavenger 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 fun scavenger hunt ideas for kids!
Share any scavenger hunts you’ve done in the comments! 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!
5 weekly plans of activities for each one year olds, two year olds, and preschoolers (plus a learning one too!)
The ENGAGE eBook of 5 weekly plans of activities is perfect for the preschooler age. Fun ways to get the kids moving, work on fine motor, do arts and craft projects and have fun as a family! Each weekly plan includes a handy supply list and activities broken down to know exactly what to do in a simple sentence or two.