A backyard scavenger hunt is such a great way to encourage kids to get involved in an outdoor activity and get some fresh air. And it’s perfect for both young children and older kids.
We have a printable backyard scavenger hunt pdf that you can download for free. It includes the list of items found in this nature hunt. And there are additional free printables for helping kids document their nature finds.
Not only does this download include a nature hunt list, it also has a bunch of fun scavenger hunt freebies making this fun activity and better:
A printable checklist with the list of hidden items.
A list of items for writing what they love about the outdoors.
A journal page to log specific items, with date, time, and weather entries.
Boxes each with a letter of the alphabet list to associate with nature items.
An observational sensory list to record what they see, smell, hear on the nature scavenger hunt.
A list to name the locations they’ve been.
What’s the easy way to set up a fun backyard scavenger hunt for kids?
First, you’ll download the pdf file at the bottom of the page.
Next, you’ll want to make sure you have each of these items in your own backyard. It’s likely you do, but if you don’t, you can always expand this outdoor treasure hunt to a local park.
To make it a little challenging and also so it also doesn’t go on all day, you may want to consider setting up a time limit.
Once the kids have the list of things showing the treasure hunt cues, provide them with scavenger hunt bags of some sort.
Now hopefully they won’t put the bugs in there –eek! We’ll just take them at their word. :0)
Another helpful item might be a magnifying glass so they can get a closer look at the small details.
Enjoy the outdoor scavenger hunt printables!
Other Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Next Time
- Indoor Scavenger Hunt for a Rainy Day
- Car Scavenger Hunts for Road Trips
- Pond Scavenger Hunts
- Outdoor Sensory Scavenger Hunt
- Early Spring Scavenger Hunt
- Sound Scavenger Hunt
- Photo Scavenger Hunt
And here are other great free printables to help kids learn about nature:
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