A list of more than 50 free printable scavenger hunts for kids that can be used all year long -- great activities for indoor & outdoor fun!
You might think it's because they can be a great learning opportunity which is true -- kids hone their observations skills, learn to work as a team, practice their reading skills and more.
But here's my little secret ...
I really love scavenger hunts because they are an awesome independent activity for kids!
Which means I get a few minutes without hearing "Mom, Mom, Mom.." :)
50+ FREE Scavenger Hunts for Kids with printables
For kids too young to read, you can find some great picture scavenger hunts.
And kids who are readers not only practice their reading skills but also make great leaders for younger sibs as they do a hunt together.
Adults can offer minimal help -- for example, during dinner prep, read the items on the list while kids run around the house to find them.
And scavenger hunts are great for holiday gatherings, birthday parties or just as a fun family activity.
Here's a round-up of spectacular scavenger hunts for kids with monthly themes - more than 50 in all for year-round fun! We've included affiliate links for a few scavenger hunt items we love too!
One great thing that's always good to have on hand is a sturdy 9 x 12" Clipboard and pencil -- it makes it SO much easier for kids to keep track of the paper and check off items!
Some are the traditional print-and-go type hunts while others are more unique -- every one of them is a great adventure :)
January: Winter Scavenger Hunts for Kids
Outdoor Winter Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Snow Day Scavenger Hunt | The Bird Feed NYC
Winter Nature Photo Hunt | Go Explore Nature
February: Indoor Scavenger Hunts for Kids
Indoor Scavenger Hunt (with a math twist!) | Edventures with Kids
Valentine Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Indoor Scavenger Hunt (this one's perfect for tweens/teens) | Fantasy Jr.
Rainy Day Scavenger Hunt | Momdot
March: Spring Scavenger Hunts for Kids
Early Spring Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Outdoor Spring Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Rainbow Photo Scavenger Hunt | Feels Like Home
St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Outdoor Sensory Motor Scavenger Hunt | The Inspired Treehouse
April: Outdoor Kid Scavenger Hunts
Backyard Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt (works in any house!) | Edventures with Kids
Plus 12 Indoor & Outdoor Easter Egg Hunts too!
Playground Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Color Hunt (can be used inside or outside) | Coffee Cups & Crayons
Earth Day Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
May: Learning Scavenger Hunts for Kids
ABC Architecture Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Outdoor Listening Hunt | Teach Preschool
Nature & Hiking Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Library Scavenger Hunt for Kids | Frogs, Snails & Puppydog Tails
Plus 40 Outdoor Scavenger Hunts too!
June: Nature Scavenger Hunts for Kids
Zoo Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Nature Texture Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt | 733 Blog
Indoor/Outdoor Scavenger Hunt | The Scrap Shoppe
Camping Scavenger Hunt | Mom Running On
And if you have kids who are always saying "I'm bored!" during the summer, try this UNBORED Treasure Hunt Game to keep them busy & entertained!
More for You: 20 Summer Scavenger Hunts
July: Summer Scavenger Hunt Lists
Beach Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
July 4th Scavenger Hunt | Moritz Fine Designs
Car Trip Hunt | Create, Play, Love
If you'll be taking a road trip this summer, try this set of 15 Printable Road Trip Activities & Travel Games too!
August: Exploration Hunts with Clues
Nighttime Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Insect Scavenger Hunt | Sparkle Box
Beach Scavenger Hunt | Krafts & Kiddos
Neighborhood Search | The Bird Feed NYC
Photo Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
September: Autumn & Fall Scavenger Hunts
Fall Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Hiking Scavenger Hunt | Make & Takes
Fall Leaf Hunt with printable cards | Edventures with Kids
School Shopping Scavenger Hunt | B-inspired Mama
October: Halloween Scavenger Hunts for Kids
Halloween Scavenger Hunt with word clues | Edventures with Kids
Halloween Scavenger Hunt for Kids with picture clues!
Autumn Scavenger Hunt | Chalkboards & Strollers
Pumpkin Patch Scavenger Hunt | Simply Sprout
Plus these: 18 Awesome Autumn Scavenger Hunts
November: Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt Ideas
Thanksgiving Day Parade Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Gratitude Scavenger Hunt | Let's Get Together
Thanksgiving Reading Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Turkey Feather Hunt | No Time for Flashcards
Thanksgiving Day Scavenger Hunt | It's a Mom's World
And if the family will be gathering, this Family Scavenger Hunt pack is a great holiday activity!
December: Holiday Scavenger Hunts for Kids & Families
Christmas Decorations Scavenger Hunt (can be done inside or outdoors!)
Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt | Not Consumed
Christmas Geography Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Holiday Scavenger Hunt | Tatertots & Jello
New Year's Eve Scavenger Hunt for Kids | Buggy & Buddy
Gingerbread Man Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
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