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18 Fall & Autumn Scavenger Hunts for Kids {w/free printable}


Enjoy this Awesome collection of Fall Scavenger Hunts for kids that will inspire you to get out & explore this Autumn!

Do you know what I love most about Fall? Aside from the beautiful foliage, opportunities to get kids outside with a quick fall scavenger hunt list and the fact that I can pull out a few of my favorite sweaters 🙂

I love that Fall has four mini-seasons — it’s the one time of year where I feel like there’s a new start to the world every few weeks.


Autumn and Fall scavenger hunts for Kids - free printable ideas for indoor & outdoor fun!18 Free Printable Autumn Scavenger Hunts for Kids

Think about it, many of us consider the back-to-school time as early fall — warmer days followed by cooler evenings.  Outdoor play sessions begin to shift to the late afternoon and nighttime walks reward us with a peek into nocturnal life.

Then the weather shifts and Part 2 of Fall begins — cooler days and nights, plus the gorgeous leaves that begin to change.  Enter leaf crafts, trips to the pumpkin patch and so many fun outdoor Fall activities!

The next two seasons of Fall focus around holidays — there’s Halloween season followed by Thanksgiving.  The environment around us seems to move from cool & creepy to quiet & grateful overnight.

And with all this change, there is so much to observe & enjoy at this time of the year — it’s a wonderful time to head out on a scavenger hunt or two, or 18!

Today’s round-up is a wonderful list of Fall-themed scavenger hunts for all ages! There’s quite a variety too — preschoolers, big kids, tweens, teens and even adults will find a list for something they love.

These are the best grab & go activities — they encourage kids to practice reading, enhance their observation skills and enjoy all that happens during the four mini-seasons of Fall.  It’s a fun thing to do on a weekend hike or on the way home from school.

They are also the perfect independent activities (meaning the kids can do it on their own), fun to do as a family or a blast to use for class projects or parties!  And they also pair nicely with seasonal books about Autumn too.

As always, we suggest using a 9 x 12″ Clipboard clipboard where you can attach your scavenger hunt and pen so it won’t get lost or blow away (especially in the Fall!) and be sure to dress for the weather.  And if you’re a family who LOVES to play games together, be sure to check out our 40+ Fabulous Fall Games list with lots of ideas for autumn, Halloween & Thanksgiving!!


Fall scavenger hunt ideas for kids, tweens teenagers and adults


Just click on the highlighted links below to find & print the scavenger hunts you’d like to try — we’ve included enough for you to do one hunt a week for the entire Fall season!  And be sure to leave a note to say “thanks” to each of the creators 🙂


Outdoor Fall Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids

Signs of Fall Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids

Fall Color Wheel Hunt using leaves || PBS Parents

* it shows the spring hunt but the Fall one is in the free download file!

Nature Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids


Autumn Nature Scavenger Hunt || From Chalkboards to Strollers

Apple Orchard Scavenger Hunt || Life Over C’s

Fall Outdoor Photo Hunt || Go Explore Nature

Forest Scavenger Hunt (great for hiking!) || Edventures with Kids


Learning Scavenger Hunts for Autumn

Nighttime {Nocturnal} Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids

Leaf Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids

Fall Leaf Hunt {tree & leaf identification} || 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Leaf Identification Game || iMom

Sensory Nature Scavenger Hunt || Racheous


Halloween & Thanksgiving scavenger hunt ideas for Fall with free printable lists!


Free Halloween Scavenger Hunts

Halloween Scavenger Hunt Challenge (great for tweens, teens & families!) || Edventures with Kids

Indoor Halloween Treasure Hunt (w/clues that work in any house!) || Edventures with Kids

add clues to these Glow in the Dark Skulls or the cute Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt Fillable eggs


Halloween Scavenger Hunt with picture clues || Edventures with Kids

Halloween Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt || Creative Family Fun

Trick or Treat Hunt perfect for sorting your candy bag! || Bitz & Giggles

Cemetary Scavenger Hunt || Climbing My Family Tree


Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunts for All Ages

Thanksgiving Parade Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids

Thanksgiving Reading Hunt || Edventures with Kids

Thanksgiving Day Scavenger Hunt || It’s a Mom’s World

Thankfulness Photo Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids

this one is perfect for tween, teens, adults & families!


Gratitude Photo Scavenger Hunt (fun for all ages!) || Edventures with Kids

Scavenger Hunt in a Bag || The Taylor House

you can print these on kraft paper bags for each person

Gratitude Scavenger Hunt || Let’s Get Together

And if you LOVE games, check out our full list of Fabulous Fall Games for All Ages too!!


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Fall scavenger hunts for kids and adults