Fall Scavenger Hunts for Kids

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Looking for some simple and fun ways to get your littles outside this fall?  These fall scavenger hunts are super easy to use and all kids love a good hunt!

a golden tree with text overlay that reads scavenger hunts, get outside this fall

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How to use these fall scavenger hunts

  1. Download the fall scavenger hunts from our members-only resource library (if you’re not already a member of the Take Them Outside Newsletter you can sign up here)
  2. Print them out
  3. Head outside!

Really, having fun with scavenger hunts can be as simple or as involved as you’d like to make it.

You might choose to turn the scavenger hunt into a photo hunt and bring along a real or toy camera to photograph all your finds.

You could do these hunts in groups and see which group finds what.

You could hand out small pails or paper bags with the scavenger hunt attached.  When treasures are found, the kids throw them in the pail / bag to look at later.  In fact, with the Counting Autumn hunt you could use all the found treasures to make a nature collage later at home or a graph to help with number learning.


Sings of Fall Scavenger Hunt

This hunt is great for around the neighborhood.  It includes finding natural things like dried flowers and leaves, but also includes things like decorations and fall clothing.

Counting Autumn Scavenger Hunt

Counting Autumn is a fun hunt for preschool aged children.  They’ll need to find one item of this, then two of that, and three of those… and so forth.  The last will have them collect 10 twigs and use those to spell out their initials.

This scavenger hunt will have them collecting a variety of items.  You may want to head out with a basket or bucket to contain all their finds.  Afterwards it would be fun to have the kids make a picture collage on the ground or bring them inside to have them glue all the items into one big welcome fall wreath or put them into a bowl for a dining room table centerpiece.

a girl holding seeds and bark in her hand after a scavenger hunt
Treasures found on a recent scavenger hunt


Do you need more fall activity ideas?

You might want to also print out the fall activity calendars for September, October, and November.  Each month is filled with simple and fun outdoor play or adventure ideas.  These are also available in the resource library or in the Take Them Outside Shop.

This Pinterest Board is full of outdoor fall activities.  Go ahead and follow the Fall Activities Board to be reminded of outdoor play ideas as the season progresses.


More Fall Scavenger Hunts from around the internet:

The Smell, Touch, and Feel Fall Scavenger Hunt:  This scavenger hunt has large colour pictures of items to find, hear, feel, and smell

Fall Scavenger Hunt: This one uses simple language and has a colourful layout.


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