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Kid’s Projects: Outdoor Scavenger Hunt with Free Printable

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Want to get the kids outside and moving? How about a nature scavenger hunt? Supplies for a simple hunt are easy: just this list, a bag for collections and a pencil to mark off what they’ve found.  A personal water bottle and a snack will make it even more fun. Warn them about picking the neighbors’ flowers, remind them about poison ivy, and send them out with a smile!

Free Scavenger Hunt Printable

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When the adventurers return, have a picnic lunch on a blanket and talk about what they’ve found. Guidebooks with leaf identification, rock types and other pertinent information can add to their knowledge. Let the kids look at their finds through a magnifying glass for a new perspective.  For another sensory experience, have them lay quietly on the blanket with eyes closed. How many sounds can they identify? While they are still lying on their backs, identify types of clouds…or find fanciful shapes.

A good scout would tell you to end the explore by taking anything back to its place that should be returned. A REALLY nice mom would hand out ice cream or popsicles! You can download this free printable scavenger hunt here.

Kids Scavenger Hunt Free Printable


  • 3 different leaf shapes
  • Piece of bark
  • Dandelion fluff
  • Pine cone
  • Find something oval
  • Acorn/nut
  • Find something black
  • Feather
  • Moss
  • Find something heart shaped
  • A weed
  • Grass
  • 3 rocks: shiny, flat, knobby
  • Wild flower
  • A forked stick
  • Something with a scent
  • Location of a bird’s nest
  • Insect
  • Find something round

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What will your kids love looking for outside?

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.