Inspire your kids with these awesome outdoor scavenger hunts (many with free printables!) and time outside will soon be something that happens on a regular basis!
It's those long school days that always get me thinking about how much time our kids are stuck indoors. Even with recess (which has so many caveats these days - too hot, too rainy, etc), the majority of their seven hour school day is in the classroom. So once they walk in the door, I love to have some outdoor activities ready to go!
And scavenger hunts are some of our favorites (as you may have guessed :) They can be done together, as an independent activity, with a group of friends and are so darn easy :) Just grab a list & go!
40 Outdoor Scavenger Hunts for Kids
Here are a few tips for scavenger hunts along with affiliate links for items we love to use:
- We always bring along a 9 x 12" Clipboard clipboard where you can attach your scavenger hunt and pen so it won't get lost or blow away - plus it makes it easy to check off items as you find them.
- Some kids will be very focused on finding ALL the items (in which case, you may be hunting for a long time ;) so be sure to introduce the activity with "finding as many items as we can" or tell your kids it's a hunt you can do over more than one day.
- And for most hunts, you'll want to add in the reminder that you're just looking for the items - they don't actually have to be collected and brought home with you :) but if you do plan to collect items, bring along a bag or you'll be juggling leaves and rocks and other treasures on your walk home!
One of the things I love about this group of hunts is that there's such a great variety! Outdoor scavenger hunt seems to be synonmous with a nature hunt -- but really, it's not. There are so many different types of outdoor experiences for kids and their families -- a zoo visit, camping, scouting out holiday decorations, exploring after dark. I hope you find a few new ones to enjoy!
Scavenger Hunts for Outdoor Places
Apple Orchard & Pumpkin Patch Hunts || The Resourceful Mama
Playground Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids
Camping Scavenger Hunt (easy) || Easy Coast Mommy
Beach Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids
Zoo Scavenger Hunts (6 different types!) || Every Star is Different
And another Zoo Scavenger Hunt (find animal traits!) || Edventures with Kids
Boat Ride Scavenger Hunt (& boat safety list) || The Resourceful Mama
I Spy Road Trip Hunt || The Typical Mom
I Spy Camping Hunt (harder) || Growing Up Abel
Pond Scavenger Hunt || Natural Beach Living
Outdoor Family Adventure Challenge (a bit of a twist -- instead of hunting, the challenge is to 'go do' outdoor activities)
Seasonal Outdoor Scavenger Hunts
No matter what the season, you can also find a treasure hunt that fits the weather!
Fall Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids
Autumn Scavenger Hunt || Twitchetts
Fall Leaf Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids
Halloween Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids
Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt || Peace but not Quiet
PLUS these 18 Autumn Scavenger Hunts too!
Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt || Kara Carrero
Winter Scavenger Hunt || Go Explore Nature
Spring Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids
Play, Explore & Learn Outdoors
Backyard Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids
Nocturnal (after dark) Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids
Rainbow Photo Scavenger Hunt || Totschooling
Outdoor Photo Scavenger Hunt (great for kids & teens!) || Edventures with Kids
Hunting for Animal Tracks (best done where there's mud, sand or snow) || Edventures with Kids
Safari Seek Scavenger Hunt || Arts & Crackers
Flashlight Scavenger Hunt || Life is Sweeter by Design
Nature Scavenger Hunts
Outdoor Texture Scavenger Hunt || Edventures with Kids
Nature Walk & Rock Hunt (2 great printables!) || The Wise Old Owl Factory
Underground Scavenger Hunt - what a cool idea! || Preschool Powol Packets
Go on a Bug Hunt || Edventures with Kids
Simple Outdoor Hunt for Toddlers || Uno Zwe Tutu
Insect Scavenger Hunt || Preschool Powol Packets
Easy Nature Hunt - perfect for younger kids! || Easy Coast Mommy
How Many Birds Can You Find? || Fantastic Fun & Learning
Go on a Sound Walk || Buggy & Buddy
I-Spy Nature & Animal Hunt || The Joy of Boys
Nature Hike Hunt || The Typical Mom
Flower Scavenger Hunt with mini book || Life over C's
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