Follow-the-String Indoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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In an attempt to keep bringing the same fun for my younger kids, we just redid this string indoor scavenger hunt to spell your name with George.

Whether its their name, or finding little gems you’ve hidden along the way, it doesn’t matter. But having them find the letters of their name just adds a little fun learning twist.

An indoor scavenger hunt to follow the string to spell your name

To begin, I weaved yarn in and out, under and over, our dining room table and chairs.

I pulled the chairs away from the table toward the edge of the room.

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Follow the string scavenger hunt

I started the string at one of the room by tying it to a chair.

Then strung it through the chair backs, legs, table legs, and so on throughout the room.

I weaved it so that George would have to step over chairs, bend and crawl under the table to follow the string.

An indoor obstacle course or scavenger hunt to find the letters of their name

I have letter foam stickers that I stuck to little pieces of paper. (You could just write letters on paper instead.) I made enough to spell his name.

I clipped those letters onto the string. I put them in order of his name, but he didn’t spell his name as he was going. It was done at the end, so the order doesn’t really matter.

An indoor obstacle course or scavenger hunt to follow the string

From the starting point of the yarn, George ran his hand along the yarn to find his way through the course.

I guess this is more of an obstacle course than a scavenger hunt. But he searched for the letters of his name as he went through.

An indoor obstacle course or scavenger hunt to follow the string

That was the main rule I had for the activity, to keep his hand on the string so he’d know where he was at (and not skip over to the string next to it and miss out!).

An indoor obstacle course or scavenger hunt to follow the string

At the end, he spread out his findings to spell his name!

Spell your name with the letters you found on the string scavenger hunt

Like I said, we did this a long time ago with Henry, too. Here’s his version from a few years ago.

During nap time, I set up this simple ‘follow the string’ indoor scavenger hunt for kids.

I strung yarn around the room (a couple of rooms actually).

Looping it through furniture and toys, creating a tangled mess.

String yarn through the house for a fun indoor scavenger hunt for kids

I found this string scavenger hunt idea for outside awhile back from Ready. Set. Read! but recently saw another similar scavenger hunt at Having Fun at Home with ribbons.

Find all sorts of scavenger hunt ideas for kids here.

With clothespins, I pinned stickers and letters to hunt for along the course of the string.

An indoor scavenger hunt to spell your name

Henry awoke and instantly began climbing through, over and under the strings.

He wasn’t really sure what I had intended with this mess.

Follow the string to spell your name - an indoor scavenger for kids to do

Luckily, during a quick potty break, I explained the rules:

  • Start at the beginning of the string and keep a hold of the string.
  • Follow the string throughout the scavenger hunt.
  • Hunt for and collect treasures along the way.

Find letters along the way indoor scavenger hunt for kids

Henry continued his climbing over and under each string as he came across it.

Crawling under the table where the string took him.

Finding treasures as he came across them.

Find the letters of their name -- an indoor scavenger hunt for kids

In the end, the letters spelled his name (in order, but that didn’t matter since he wouldn’t put them down and they got all jumbled up in his hand).

There were also ‘treasures’ of Bob the Builder stickers.


Henry’s been continually playing with his machine (Bob the Builder) stickers as if they were toys.

What kind of indoor scavenger hunt for kids do you love to do?

Another indoor scavenger hunt for kids to do is search for letters and numbers! Its great for matching upper and lowercase letters, along with practicing counting. Try it!

I want to go on a super fun string scavenger hunt!

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  1. Anonymous says

    my niece wrapped our house much like yours a few years back I asked what her plan was and she said it was a laser security system and she had to practice going through without touching the strings, I thought that was pretty cool we all tried it! My son is 4 and I love your idea of hiding the letters I believe we will try it soon.

  2. Aleacia says

    This is such a great idea, love it. I remember growing up my brother and I used to create webs of string/yarn in our room. So much fun! I'll have to give this a go with the girls but really can't wait until they create something like this themselves, won't be too long before they are! :)
    Thanks for linking this up to Flutter By Friday!

  3. Jessica says

    I combined a few of your ideas today, with great success. I started with this maze, and had my almost 4 year old find the letters of his name, etc. Then, I had him arrange his letters to spell his name (horray! he could do it… I had no idea). THEN… based on my montessori background and your sandart number project, we spread glue over the letters and covered them with sand. (we did a few coats of this, and eventually put a layer of glue over the top of the sand to make it more solid/durable). THEN… we got a 1×6 board and I let him sand down the edges with sandpaper. We glued his sandpaper letters to the board, making his name. He now has a tactile name plaque that he can use to trace the letters (with his fingers) to help him learn how write the letters (a standard Montessori method of teaching letters and writing). It was great fun and mixed some good silliness (climbing over the table!) with gluing and reading. Thanks for the inspiration!

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