Neighborhood Scavenger Hunts – Easy way to get kids exploring outside

Getting outside and exploring your surroundings with a neighborhood scavenger hunt is a great way to be active and have fun. There are so many cool things within walking distance of your home just waiting to be discovered.

If you’re looking for a fun way to get the family outside together and enjoying the fresh air, why not print off this Neighborhood scavenger hunt list and head out the door? The great part about a scavenger hunt is that anyone of any age can participate and be a part of it. Everyone in the family will be running around looking for items and you’ll be creating awesome family memories that will last a lifetime, too. 

How Scavenger Hunts get Kids and Families Outside

The best thing about this neighborhood scavenger hunt printable is that it’s something the whole family can do together. All that has to be done is literally print out the scavenger hunt and step outside your house to start to explore. It literally doesn’t get any simpler than that. 

Being able to get the kids outside where they can exercise their bodies and their minds is a great way to keep their physical and mental moods staying active and healthy. 

How to do a Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are great because they’re totally simple. Look at the picture (or read the word) of the item that needs to be found, and then have everyone in your family go on the hunt for it.

Once it’s found, cross off the item and move on to the next one on the list. If you’re wanting to up the level of competitiveness for your family, see how quickly you can complete the hunt from start to finish. You can even challenge another family on your block and see who has the quickest time! 

A family walking on the sidewalk going on a neighborhood scavenger hunt

Tips for Using This Scavenger Hunt Printable

While the quickest way to use this printable is to just print it off and use it right then and there, don’t overlook all the other cool ways that you can use it, too. Some simple ideas could include:

  • Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt Birthday Party (have all the kids running around and offer some sort of prizes, etc.) 
  • Neighborhood Challenge (one street of neighbors challenges the other street to see who can find items the fastest) 

What other ways could you think outside the box to make this scavenger hunt totally fun and unique?

Download your own printable nature scavenger hunts

Get access to the printable scavenger hunts here

Quick Tips for Adding Items to this Scavenger Hunt Printable

Just because this printable already has a list of items to find doesn’t mean that you can’t add your own. After all, who knows your neighborhood better than you? Don’t be afraid to add other fun items from your neighborhood that you think should be on the list! 

This could include a cool lawn ornament, a funky and fun window painting, a unique mailbox or something that you’ve spotted that you don’t think anyone else has seen quite yet. 

A preschooler looking at flowers she found in the neighborhood

How to make these Scavenger Hunts More Challenging or Easier

Depending on the age of your family, you might want to keep your scavenger hunt simple but if you do want to make it more challenging, make it to where they have to find the item then run back to your house and mark it off the list. Then they can get the next item on the list and go out looking again. 

This not only gets them to move their body more but it makes it last longer, too!

For an easier scavenger hunt, be as helpful as possible in finding the items on the list so that your little ones won’t get frustrated and want to stop. 

Don’t miss out on these other scavenger hunts as well:

  • Nature Scavenger Hunt (find fun items out and about in nature!)
  • Walk Around Town Hunt (locate cool items in your own town!)

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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