A nature scavenger hunt can be a fun way to jazz up a regular day in the backyard. You can also use it as an event, take them to the park to play or as an activity for an outdoor kids birthday party.
However you want to play kids will love this fun outdoor scavenger hunt.
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My kids love to be outside, especially my youngest. This fun scavenger hunt can help make the most of outdoor time or engage kids who might not be quite as comfortable in nature.
You can use this as a simple backyard scavenger hunt, take a walk around the neighborhood, or take it with you to your local park.
- Nature Scavenger hunt printable (download it later in this post)
- Crayon or Pencil to cross things off
- Box of crayons if they want to do the bonus section
- Optional: Clip board to make it easier to write on and harder to blow away.
1 – This activity is pretty self explanatory. Print out the scavenger hunt, one per person or one per team if kids are working in groups.
2 – Review the different items with the kids. There are 10 items in this photo scavenger hunt. With only ten items to find even young kids can enjoy it!
- Flower (any color)
- Crawling Bug (Any kind of crawling bug that’s not an ant. There’s also a space for them to draw whatever bug they found if they want.)
- Flying Bug (Same as above. Any kind of flying bug will do with a space to draw a picture of it.)
I tried to make the items pretty general so that you can use it anywhere. I didn’t name specific bugs as they may not have those wherever you want to play.
3 – Do the bonus if you want. Find a flower that matches the colors listed in each petal: white, yellow, purple, pink/red, orange. Color in that petal once it’s been found.
This part may take a walk around the park or around your neighborhood to find flowers in all the different colors.
If using specific colors is too complicated for your kids you can just ask them to find 5 different colors of flowers.
Engage the senses
Being outside is great for anyone. A scavenger hunt can really get kids focusing on their environment. Help them engage all their senses by asking them questions about what items on the list sound like. What do they feel like?
You can also use this activity to get their brains working. Ask questions about why they think each item is important to the backyard, park, etc.
For more summer fun check out these 7 fun summer activities to do with kids.
Free Printable Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
This one page scavenger hunt prints on a regular 8.5″x11″ piece of paper. It does have some color but I tried to keep the background mostly white so it won’t use too much ink.
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Enjoy the great outdoors!
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