Posted by: Jacquie Fisher   

Nighttime Scavenger Hunt - Nocturnal Adventures for Kids


We LOVE scavenger hunts and have shared quite a few --

our Playground Scavenger Hunt is fun throughout the year,

holiday hunts include a Halloween Scavenger hunt and Valentine's Day hunt

and the Zoo Scavenger Hunt is perfect for your next visit to see the animals.


Scavenger hunts are a great learning tool -- they help kids to hone their observation skills, practice reading and get out to explore the world.


Nocturnal Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Most hunts are done during the daytime but for our newest scavenger hunt, I was looking for something different.  I wanted one that was more of a challenge for kids and included some science concepts. 

Nighttime is both an intriguing and unexplored time of the day for most children.  It's a time when another part of the world wakes up -- and so many new things can be learned, heard and discovered during a walk in the dark.

This scavenger hunt introduces kids to nocturnal activities -- things that take place after the sun sets. 

There's quite a bit of science that can be discussed during a nighttime scavenger hunt --

temperatures are cooler when there is no sunlight,

visibility of the moon and stars open the doors for questions about astronomy,

many animals that aren't often seen (or heard) during the day can be viewed at night

and a person's senses are tested -- kids are more likely to use their sense of hearing when they explore at night.



Print off your own copy of the Nighttime Scavenger Hunt.  You'll need a flashlight for your search (and a jacket too if you're heading out in the Spring or Fall)!

The kids will really enjoy exploring their neighborhood or a local park -- animals, stars, odd sounds and weird shadows.

If you'd like to pair the hunt with a great book, here's a few of our favorites for nocturnal adventures.  I've included affiliate links so you can read more about each of our selections:


Where Are the Night Animals?

The perfect science book for any nocturnal adventure -- this nonfiction story is a cool peek into what animals do while we humans are asleep!


Little Owl's Night

Little Owl wakes up to the sights and sounds of his world but as he looks around at all his friends, he can't help but wonder what it might be like during the day.  Will he be able to stay awake to see?  Younger kids will enjoy this flipped bedtime tale!


Owl Moon

A favorite read for winter nights, Owl Moon is the tale of a father/daughter nighttime walk as they head out to see an owl together.  The book is beautifully descriptive of all that you might experience on a cold winter evening.


Out of Sight Till Tonight!: All About Nocturnal Animals

Our favorite Cat is back and out to explore the night with his friends!  This is one of the newer books in the Cat in the Hat's Learning Library and introduces nocturnal animals from across the globe along with some of their nighttime behaviors.


Nocturnal Scavenger Hunt for Kids


For more nighttime adventures, check out these other activities:

Bats, the Moon & Nighttime Fun for Kids

Astronomy for Kids: Great Books & Marshmallow Constellations

Hands-on Science: Phases of the Moon




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