Rainbow Scavenger Hunt with Clues

We love scavenger hunts! I took this rainbow one a step further than we usually do and made it a scavenger hunt with clues!

I even made the clues a printable for you to print off yourself to do your own rainbow scavenger hunt! [They’re at the end of this post.]

Rainbow Scavenger Hunt with Clues

There’s a little prep work for this scavenger hunt. Print off the clues and cut them apart. Tape, or glue, each clue to a piece of construction paper in the colors of the rainbow. You can leave the violet one blank [I ended up removing the clue on ours], since that’s the end of the rainbow, hence its the end of the scavenger hunt and there’s no more clues.

Cut a cloud out of white paper and tape a clue to it too. This is the starting clue.

On each clue, fill in the “by a” box with an object that’s easily identifiable [and accessible] in your house. If your child is beginning to read, you could put words in the box, otherwise draw the object!

Then you’ll have to go hide your clues on those object! Its tricky, be sure to get the sequence right!

Rainbow Scavenger Hunt with Clues

I tried to make these are friendly as I could for the youngest of scavengers. Henry [he’s almost 5] had absolutely no problem with reading the clues after I read through the first one with him.

On each clue I made little eyes that says “Look for” written underneath.

Then its a row of the colors of the rainbow. I thought this would be the trickiest for him to understand, but he grasped it right away.

The point of the colors is to see what color you currently have and to see what color comes after that in the rainbow.

The last part of the clue is the object to look by that you drew, or wrote.

I read the cloud clue with Henry:

“Look for RED by a CHAIR.”

Once he found the red slip by the chair, he was hooked!

Rainbow Craft from Scavenger Hunt

I added another element to the hunt by bringing back the colored strips to glue onto a piece of blue paper, with the cloud.

In the end, our rainbow scavenger hunt also turned into rainbow to put on display!

Rainbow Craft from Scavenger Hunt

Rainbow Scavenger Hunt Clues Printable:

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If you’re a rainbow fan, you’ll love our rainbow sponge painting and go on a color scavenger hunt to make a rainbow!


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  1. Tina says

    Great idea! I love it. My 5 year old daughter will love it. Doing this on Friday. Thank you for such fun & creative ideas!!

  2. tiffany says

    Cute cute. Love your ideas and activities. I have a son with Down Syndrome and I like to do these types of activities with him. He is only three but it’s fun for both of us.

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