How to Do a Scavenger Hunt For Kids

scavenger hunt for kids

As a Mom, I am always looking for fun, free or cost effective ways to entertain the kids. A Scavenger Hunt for kids definitely ticks those boxes! 

What is a Scavenger Hunt?

It’s a game where an individual or kids in teams have to seek and find all items on a given list, either by bringing them back home or using a camera to take a picture of their finds to prove they found them.

It can be made into a competition by making the goal to be the first to complete the list! But it’s just as much fun by taking the competition out of it and taking your time. We did this on our Out for a Walk Scavenger Hunt.

Scavenger hunts are easily planned and can be played either outdoors (backyard, while on a walk, or around town) or indoors.

It can be themed for parties, or for certain times of the year, eg Halloween, Easter, Christmas, St. Patricks Day etc. Not to mention, that it is a great way to teach kids about nature.

Materials Needed:

  • Digital Camera (or use the camera on your phone) if taking pictures or a bag to collect items in
  • a Scavenger List
  • Pen or pencil to tick off the list

Getting Started

Create a list, have your children help you draw it up or even better print out our “ready to go” Scavenger Hunt lists!

​Out for a Walk Scavenger Hunt
Backyard Scavenger Hunt
Nature Scavenger Hunt (great for Spring or Autumn Time)
Indoor “Rainy Day” Scavenger Hunt

Here’s a few of the pics we took while on our “Out for a Walk” Scavenger Hunt:

A Bench

Even though a bench was first on the list,  we knew there was one along the path we were going to take!

Luckily there was no-one sitting on it when we got there!!!

A Yellow Flower 

Our walk takes us by the Graveyard, so we popped in to say a prayer for Granny & Grand-da.

There was no shortage of flowers there, so we snapped these yellow ones.

There was only one problem with this one…

We still had 3 more items left on the list to find and I couldn’t get them home!!


Nearly home when we found these really old but beautiful gates.

We had great fun on our Scavenger Hunt and the kids enjoyed spotting things while we were out.

Let us know how your Scavenger Hunt went by posting in the comment box below.

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