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Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids

Scavenger hunts are the perfect activity to have kids entertained indoors and/or outdoor.

They don’t take much to put together, often inexpensive, and can be done with items you already have at home; and since you have the options for both indoor or outdoor you don’t have to constantly check the weather app on your phone.

No one has ever said no to a scavenger hunt or finished one and said “Well. That was a waste of time.” So here are some hunt themes to get the imagination going and the searching under way!

Sight Word Scavenger Hunt

This word scavenger hunt is a great way for your elementary schooler to work on their word recognition without flash cards or worksheets.

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Art Scavenger Hunt

Budding artists will appreciate the added element — drawing! — that makes this outdoor scavenger hunt unique. Plus, they’ll get to try their hand at creating everything from squirrels to flowers.

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Alphabet Bug Scavenger Hunt

Little ones will get a kick out of this bug-themed scavenger hunt —and learn to tell the difference between their upper and lowercase letters in the process.

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Color Scavenger Hunt

This fun color-themed scavenger hunt can help toddlers learn their colors, while older kids discover all the different hues that can be found all around them.

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Five Senses Scavenger Hunt

Kids will get the chance to touch, smell, and even hear nature in this creative outdoor sensory scavenger hunt, which includes clues like whistling with grass and cloud-watching.

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Movement Scavenger Hunt

For another take on a sensory hunt, add some additional movement, like in this version, which features fun — and active — to-dos, like looking for objects to jump over, crawl under, or roll across the ground. It was created by an occupational and physical therapist.

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Shape Scavenger Hunt

Kids will love pointing out the circles, triangles, squares, and lots of other fun shapes they find while on an outdoor walk, thanks to this shape-themed scavenger hunt. On rainy days, you can easily modify this to do indoors.

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Reading Scavenger Hunt

Take your child’s love of reading up a notch with this book-themed scavenger hunt, which includes 25 diverse prompts, including finding out friends’ favorites or trying different genres.

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Flashlight Scavenger Hunt

Break out those camping-use-only flashlight for this at-home scavenger hunt — and see what kids can, well, see at night as they search for rocks, leaves, and other backyard staples.

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Nature Scavenger Hunt

Next time you head out on a family hike, take along this fun nature scavenger hunt, and challenge your kids to spot everything from bugs to butterflies.

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Mandala Scavenger Hunt

Forget the cupcakes! Put your muffin tin to new use with this outdoor scavenger hunt idea. Bonus: it’s a fun way to introduce kids to what a mandala is — and how to put them together.

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Changing Seasons Scavenger Hunt

Looking for signs of spring? We’ve got one: This spring-themed scavenger hunt, which is the perfect way for kids to spot buds and bunnies.

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Winter Scavenger Hunt

If the weather is cool in your neck of the woods, break out the hats and gloves and go on this fun winter scavenger hunt, where kids can search for cold weather favorites like pinecones and icicles.

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Zoo Scavenger Hunt

Lions, and tigers, and … monkeys, oh my! Kids will get the chance to up their animal-spotting skills while at the zoo, thanks to this zoo-themed scavenger hunt, complete with adorably-designed wildlife.

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Football Scavenger Hunt

There’s no need to wait for the Super Bowl to try this football-themed scavenger hunt — just cue up a game and kids can start pointing out the quarterback, a touchdown, and more.

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