We’re constantly looking for at home boredom busters–and I’m sure you are too! These printable Scavenger Hunt games are great for recess breaks during virtual school or to get your kids outside for a breath of fresh air.
All the games we collected for you all have free printables and can be done by a single child or a family.
What is a Scavenger Hunt anyway?
Scavenger hunts are fun games where kids get a list of things they need to find. These could be items around the house or the backyard.
These games 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.
Scavenger Hunt Print Outs
Scavenger Hunts are easy to plan, simple to play and super cheap! All you need is paper and a pencil for a basic hunt to keep your kids busy for a while.
Easy at Home Fall Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Find FALL items inside and out with these simple printable hunts.
10 Photo Scavenger Hunts To Keep Kids Entertained
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!
Tween & Teen Photo Scavenger Hunt
Tweens and teens still love a good scavenger hunt--you just have to take it up a notch for them! Here's a silly photo challenge for your fun loving older kids.
Boredom Buster Photo Scavenger Hunt
Here's a good photo hunt that you can do in your backyard with a group of friends--maybe at a birthday party or BBQ? No need to look for things, just get crazy with a camera.
Simple Color Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Perfect for smaller kids, this traditional scavenger hunt require kids to collect proof that they've found their objects.
Printable Backyard Scavenger Hunt
This simple scavenger hunt from Hey, Let's Make Stuff sticks to simple things kids can find in any backyard.
Nature Scavenger Hunt for Toddlers
This nature hunt from Life with my Littles is great for, you guessed it, little ones! She even laminated the sheet so it can survive the trek.
Road Trip Scavenger Hunts
Kinda like License Plate Bingo, these road trip scavenger hunts can be done from the backseat. Kids can call out their discoveries, then mark them off the sheet.
Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Free Printable
This road trip hunt includes all kinds of things you'll see along the way, from highway signs to cows.
Rhyming Riddle Scavenger Hunt for Your Kids
Ok, so you can't ALWAYS be outside. Here's a couple creative hunts you can do with the kids inside! This one will get older kids thinking.
Library Scavenger Hunt
Scholastic has a great idea for a library book scavenger hunt--find certain kinds of books off the list, then take them home!