We’re constantly looking for screen-free boredom busters–and I’m sure you are too! These printable Scavenger Hunt games fit the bill for fun on the go or right around your backyard. The games we collected here all have free printables. Most can be done by a single child or a whole group for entertaining play dates and parties.
Scavenger hunts are fun games where participants get a list of things they need to find. These could be items around the house, the backyard or around town!
Obviously, for little kids, we’ll focus on hunts where kids stay within eyeball distance.
The game could have kids looking for rocks and bugs, signs, colors or even road signs!
Photo Scavenger Hunts Vs Collection Hunts
When you do a scavenger hunt you need some sort of PROOF that you did indeed find the object.
When you’re on private property it’s ok to do a hunt where you collect objects like flowers, rocks and leaves. But picking the fauna is a big no no in parks! After all, if everyone picked the flowers there would be no flowers left.
That’s where Photo Hunts save the day!
Since most of us carry cameras in our pockets, it’s easy to do a photo collection hunt. Simply take a quick photo of the object you’re “collecting” and bring it back as proof.
Of course if you’re doing a scavenger hunt with kids too small to own smart phones, you’ll need to have a grown (or bigger kid) accompany them with phone or digital camera in hand.
Using Photos as proof also means you can have kids search for items too big (or down right impossible) to fit in a paper sack. You can be on the look out for street signs, colorful doors, mailbox numbers or even puddles.
Shutterfly has directions for making a photo scavenger hunt & free printables for ten different themes. You can go outside and get pictures of worms and rocks, head to the zoo for pictures of animals, or just walk around your neighborhood!