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.." :)
For kids too young to read, you can find some great picture scavenger hunts. And kids who are readers not only can practice their reading skills but they 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 the kids run around the house to find them.
And scavenger hunts are great for holiday gatherings, birthday parties or just as a family activity.
50+ Scavenger Hunts for Kids w/free printables
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 to always have on hand is a sturdy 9 x 12" Clipboard and pencil -- it makes it SO much easier for the 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
Snow Day Scavenger Hunt -- The Bird Feed NYC
Winter Nature Photo Hunt -- Go Explore Nature
Outdoor Winter Scavenger Hunt -- University of Michigan
Indoor Everyday Scavenger Hunt for Kids -- Sisters to Sons
February: Indoor Hunts
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
Rainbow Photo Scavenger Hunt -- Feels Like Home
St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt -- Love Grows Wild
Outdoor Sensory Motor Scavenger Hunt -- The Inspired Treehouse
Early Spring Scavenger Hunt -- Edventures with Kids
April: Outdoor Scavenger Hunts
Playground Scavenger Hunt -- Edventures with Kids
Color Hunt (can be used inside or outside) -- Coffee Cups & Crayons
Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt (both outdoor & indoor) -- Edventures with Kids
And Hands on As We Grow has a great list of 12 Easter Scavenger Hunts!
Earth Day Scavenger Hunt -- Edventures with Kids
May: Learning Scavenger Hunts
ABC Architecture Scavenger Hunt -- Edventures with Kids
Outdoor Listening Hunt -- Teach Preschool
Library Scavenger Hunt for Kids -- Frogs, Snails & Puppydog Tails
Plus 40 Outdoor Scavenger Hunts too!
June: Nature Scavenger Hunts
Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt -- 733 Blog
Zoo Scavenger Hunt -- Edventures with Kids
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 Hunts
Beach Scavenger Hunt -- Krafts & Kiddos
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 Travel Scavenger Hunt Cards for Kids too!
August: Exploration Hunts
Nocturnal Scavenger Hunt -- Edventures with Kids
Insect Scavenger Hunt -- Sparkle Box
Neighborhood Search -- The Bird Feed NYC
Photo Scavenger Hunt - Edventures with Kids
September: Autumn Scavenger Hunts
Hiking Scavenger Hunt -- Make & Takes
Fall Leaf Hunt with printable cards -- Edventures with Kids
Fall Scavenger Hunt -- Mrs. Bremer's Class
School Shopping Scavenger Hunt -- B-inspired Mama
October: Halloween Scavenger Hunts
Autumn Scavenger Hunt -- Chalkboards & Strollers
Halloween Scavenger Hunt -- Edventures with Kids
Pumpkin Patch Scavenger Hunt -- Simply Sprout
Plus these: 18 Awesome Autumn Scavenger Hunts
November: Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunts
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
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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