Have kids that love scavenger hunts? Or simply need an activity for your inner child? We’ve collected the best printable scavenger hunts from all over the web! Have tons of fun hunting with the whole family. Enjoy!
Printable Scavenger Hunts for Kids
I’ve loved scavenger hunts since I was a kid. Well, I still love them! Some of my best memories are from scavenger hunts with family and friends. They got me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to meet new people. Plus, I love a good challenge and a prize, so I always gave my all to win the hunt! Scavenger hunts are amazing ice breakers for group scenarios, like at camp or a birthday party. Or, you can make a special scavenger hunt for a loved one to show them how much you care!
We had so much fun gathering the best printable scavenger hunts for kids from all over the internet. Whether you’re looking for a scavenger hunt at home or an outdoor scavenger hunt for kids, we’ve got a scavenger hunt for every season and occasion. Happy hunting!
What is a Scavenger Hunt?
A scavenger hunt is an engaging game played by children (and adults, too!). Every scavenger hunt begins with a list of objects to find and riddles or clues to help the players locate the items. To play the game, divide the players into at least 2 teams and give the teams or individual players copies of the list of clues. A scavenger hunt is similar to a treasure hunt in that there are clues to solve and at the end is typically a scavenger hunt prize or present.
What are the Scavenger Hunt Rules?
Scavenger hunts can be played individually or in groups — either way, whoever finishes first wins! There are two types of hunts. Hunts can be consecutive where a team or individuals are given the first clue which leads to the second, third, fourth, and so on. Alternatively, hunts can be done using a checklist where the full list of “must do’s” are provided at the beginning. Provide players with a writing utensil, and they can check off their finds as they go!
Individual Scavenger Hunts
Individual scavenger hunts are a great way to busy a child or give them individual gifts on a special day. At each stopping point, before the next scavenger hunt riddle clue is given, gift your child a piece of their larger present. You can do this on birthday or even collecting their Back to School Supplies. Yes, you can do a scavenger hunt at home to make even Back to School Supplies exciting!
To begin, supply the player with the first scavenger hunt clue. The first riddle will lead them to the second. The second will lead them to the third clue and so on until the scavenger hunt is over. You can also provide a scavenger hunt checklist where the entire list must be completed before a prize is given.
Group Scavenger Hunts
Group scavenger hunts are perfect for sleepovers, lock-ins, class parties, and more. Even adults can find their inner child and have fun challenging each other in outdoor venues like parks, concerts, the mall, or in a city hunt challenge around town.
Either supply your groups with a scavenger hunts riddle and clue #1 or provide them a list of things to get on a piece of paper. This list is their checklist and must be completed in order to declare a winner. A checklist Scavenger Hunt is typically easier for large groups, so you don’t have to go around hiding multiple sets of clues for each team.
Use some of these Printable Scavenger Hunts for Kids below or search Pinterest for scavenger hunt ideas for adults. Make sure to follow us on Pinterest too!
Scavenger Hunt Prize Ideas
Customize your prizes to the size of your scavenger hunt group. If you’ll have a lot of people winning, opt for smaller prizes. If you are doing an individual hunt, you can make the prize larger.
Scavenger Hunt Prize Ideas include:
- Cheap trophies (fill with candy)
- A cheap medal
- Candy Bars
- Gift Cards
- Carnival prize toys
- Seasonal prizes based on the scavenger hunt theme.
What are some ideas for Scavenger Hunts?
Before choosing a scavenger hunt, think of a theme. What season is it, is the a holiday that is close by are you having a scavenger hunt just because. Scavenger hunts can take two shapes, they can including good clues, perhaps in the form of cute rhyming riddles older kids need to solve. Alternatively, they can have images or pictures which are perfect for younger kids.
First up, the Rainbow Scavenger Hunt for Toddlers. In this free printable scavenger hunt, lead the kids through a color challenge finding objects with specific colors throughout the home. This color scavenger hunt can be adapted by including a list of items with shapes of the colors, for example a yellow square in a shape scavenger hunt.
Go outdoors with these 20 Camping scavenger hunt riddles for kids. This outdoor treasure hunt is perfect for the campsite.
Got a little scientist at home? Grab this free Stem Scavenger Hunt Science Activity for Kids.
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Who doesn’t love a SELFIE? This is a very self confused Selfie Scavenger Hunt activity from Faffy Tea.
Want to bring some education into it? This is a fun classroom scavenger hunt worksheet, get the Math Scavenger Hunt Printable from Learn in Color.
Fall Printable Scavenger Hunts
This is an easy activity that will get the kids excited about going back to school. Download this Back to School Library Scavenger Hunt | The Dating Divas
Looking for something to do Thanksgiving morning. Clearly we have the answer we had dozens of times before on this post. This was a very popular Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt. See also these Thanksgiving Printables!
Show your kids the reason for the season with a cute Gratitude Scavenger Hunt Printable.| Natural Beach Living
Winter Printable Scavenger Hunts
Ring in the new year with a little fun. Enjoy this activity at 6PM or at midnight! Print the New Year’s Eve Scavenger Hunt.
Winter Scavenger Hunts are normally indoors. Get the kids outside in the snow with this cute Outdoor Winterscape Scavenger Hunt Printable | EDventures
WE have two Christmas Scavenger Hunt ideas but this one can be sued without an Elf doll. Enjoy this Christmas themed treasure hunt, great for uncovering a Christmas Eve Box.
In love with the kids, your spouse, or even boy friend. This Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt has no age limit.
Spring Printable Scavenger Hunts
Easter Egg Hunts are awesome, but find their Easter basket another way. Leave one clue behind as the kids begin the Easter Scavenger Hunt Sunday morning.
Give mother nature a hug. Enjoy this free Earth Day Scavenger Hunt worksheet at home or in the classroom. | Frugal Coupon Living
Take it outdoors. Grab a brown bag and collect things on this Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable. | A Thrifty Mom
For the younger kids, look for things that are green. From a crayon to a leaves, this green St. Patrick’s’ Day Green Scavenger Hunt Printable is excellent. | Happy Home Fairy
Spring has sprung, get the kids outside with this this really fun Outdoor Scavenger Hunt. Set includes 20 rhyming riddles for kids to solve at home.
The leprechaun left behind some treasure on this fun St. Patrick’s Day treasure hunt. Chase the rainbow or the pot of gold!
Have the weekend off? Unite the older and younger kids and take them on a Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt! | Food Fun Family
Summer Printable Scavenger Hunts
Camping or backyard Flashlight Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids. Stay home! This outdoor treasure hunt can also be adapted as a backyard scavenger hunt.
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Ready for sun and surf. Enjoy some fun in the sand with a cute Beach Scavenger Hunt Printable.
Hitting the road? This Travel Road-trip Scavenger Hunt Printable is perfect for the tires hitting the asphalt. It accompanies very well these Car Games.
For the end of summer, take your kids on a Back to School Scavenger Hunt as they search for their back to school supplies.
Have a budding photographer who loves to take photographs? This Summer Photo Challenge Scavenger Hunt printable is a free print for teens and older kids. | Mortiz Fine Design
Celebrate 1776 and Independence day with this patriotic themed July 4th Scavenger Hunt.
Grab our packet of Kids Scavenger Hunts Ideas for the ENTIRE YEAR! Celebrate major holidays including Easter, Christmas, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Halloween, New Year’s Eve and more with this package of 8 Holiday Treasure Hunt ideas.
These scavenger hunt lists include 160 rhyming riddle clues as you race through the house on an at treasure hunt.
Also download these Themed Bingo Game Printables for the Entire School Year. Pin to Pinterest.
If you are planning a large gathering – playing outdoors with family, neighborhood friends, youth group, camp or even an outdoor birthday party, take a look at these Outdoor Party Games for Kids. Includes directions and supply list as well as a blank Scavenger Hunt Template.
This scavenger hunt blog post has been updated. It was originally published September 22, 2019.
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