Want some fun and easy ways to get your family outside having fun? Have you ever done a nature scavenger hunt? Are you looking for some nature scavenger hunt printables?
The first time I tried a scavenger hunt with my kids I scribbled down some things for them to find on a recycled receipt, gave them a used bag and sent them on their way. I had no idea they would have so much fun! The hunt lasted over an hour and they were eager to look for more things, but they’d found everything I could think to put on the list!
How to enjoy a nature scavenger hunt
Really, there’s no limit to how complex or simple scavenger hunts can be. You can play in teams, take photos or gather items. You can stretch the search out over a few outings or challenge yourselves to find as much as possible in one afternoon.
When we head out on scavenger hunts we usually bring along a pencil to mark off the items we find.
One thing my girls have enjoyed is making their own lists before leaving the house. It’s quite funny to hear the things they think they might be able to spot or find outside. See below if you’re looking for some lists already made and ready to go!
The standard nature scavenger hunt items include
- Various leaves, flowers, and rocks
- Different types of trees or plants
- Animals, birds, and bugs
- Outdoor elements like bridges, signs, and benches
Adding variations like colour and size help make the hunt a little more challenging.
My kids really like when they’re challenged to find an item matching the exact size of their hand, arm, or ear.
Another fun element to add to scavenger hunts are activities such as climbing the biggest rock, picking up litter, petting a dog, or saying ‘hi’ to a neighbor.
Because my family enjoys nature scavenger hunts so much, I thought I’d make up a bunch of nature scavenger hunts for you all to enjoy as well.
Some of these are better suited to younger kids in an afternoon around the neighborhood, and some are more involved for older kids and a trip to your urban green space. I even made one specifically for getting outside in the big city.
I’ve created both a black and white version as well as colour for each of the scavenger hunts and you can download and print as many as you like. Some people choose to laminate these so they can be re-used with a white-board marker.
Following the link to the nature scavenger hunts will actually give you access to my entire printables library. You’ll also find a few other goodies in there and more to come in the future!
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