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Guidelines, Tips and Ideas for Kids Scavenger Hunts

 

 Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt

  • Identify Your Teams
    Divide the kids into teams and have them select a “heart filled” name for their team.  Suggestions:  Conversation Hearts, Cupid's Kids, Loving Hearts, Red Hearts
     
  • Select The Area For The Hunt To Take Place
    You will want to select boundaries and keep the area limited.  Use caution tape to create the boundaries.  Hide the items within the boundaries.  Make sure the lighting is adequate. You can use indoors or outdoors.
     
  • Bags Are Required
    Decorated  bags should be given to each child.  This will help them to navigate and keep organized.
     
  • Prizes Make It Fun
    Select prizes for each team.  Even if it is just a certificate of accomplishment.
     
  • Starter List of Scavenger Hunt Ideas
    1. Just wanted to tell you how special you are to me?
      A Valentine Card
    2. Family, Friends -- a special feeling.
      Paper with the word Love
    3. I am stuffed with something and feel really cuddly
      Stuffed animal
    4. Sweet and sugary, loved by all, makes Valentine fun.
      Candy
    5. How you knew to come here tonight?
      Party Invitation
    6. Get the signature and favorite food of someone you love.
    7. I cover presents all the time?
      Wrapping Paper
    8. I float high and look pretty?
      Balloon
    9. List how many things you can find that are red or pink

    10. Find a heart shaped object.

 

Summer Back Yard Scavenger Hunt

Here is a great scavenger for your backyard.

 

  • Identify Your Teams
    Divide the kids into teams and have them select a name for their team.
     
  • Select The Area For The Hunt To Take Place
    You will want to select boundaries and keep the area limited.  Use caution tape to create the boundaries.  Hide the items within the boundaries.  Make sure the lighting is adequate. You can use indoors or outdoors.
     
  • Bags Are Required
    Decorated  bags should be given to each child.  This will help them to navigate and keep organized.
     
  • Prizes Make It Fun
    Select prizes for each team.  Even if it is just a certificate of accomplishment.
  1. Find something green

  2. Get the signature and favorite food of an adult.

  3. Find a stick longer than 1 foot.

  4. Gather three different types of leaves.

  5. Find a rock that is bigger than a quarter.

  6. Find something prickly.

  7. What is the make/model and color of the car the owner of the house drives?

  8. How many doors does the house have?

  9. Do 10 jumping jacks in front of an adult and have the put a * on your paper

  10. Find a flower

  11. How many bikes are in the garage?

  12. What color is the house?

  13. Find something that will float.

  14. How people live in this house?

  15. Find something soft.

  16. Find something that you can recycle.

  17. List how many things you can find that are blue.

  18. Find something that can be filled with water.

 

Beach Town Scavenger Hunt

  • Identify Your Teams
    Divide the kids into teams and have them select a name for their team.
     
  • Select The Area For The Hunt To Take Place
    You will want to select boundaries and keep the area limited.  Use caution tape to create the boundaries.  Hide the items within the boundaries.  Make sure the lighting is adequate. You can use indoors or outdoors.
     
  • Bags Are Required
    Decorated  bags should be given to each child.  This will help them to navigate and keep organized.
     
  • Prizes Make It Fun
    Select prizes for each team.  Even if it is just a certificate of accomplishment.
  1. A disposable soda cup
  2. A take-out menu from a pizza restaurant
  3. A photo of an out-of-state license plate
  4. An unbroken sea shell
  5. A picture of a person with a surfboard or boogie board
  6. A picture with  a lifeguard
  7. Something with the name of the town on it
  8. Picture of the team sharing a soda (everyone needs their own straw)
  9. A pound of sand
  10. The name and age of the mayor of the town
  11. Photo of the team next to a sign with the number 30 on it.
  12. What does it cost to rent a bike at the beach?
  13. Who is on the cover of this weeks People Magazine?
  14. A picture of a team member wearing a t-shirt with a crazy message on it.
  15. PIcture of a sand castle.

Anything Hunt
Compliments family fun magazine

Materials Needed:

  • Items like rocks, acorns, pine cones,  shells, wood, and sticks  (Note: minimum 42 required, amount will need to increase depending on the number of kids participating). Be sure these items collected can be painted.
  • Nontoxic, acrylic paints in gold, red, green, purple , blue and white
  • Paintbrushes

Step One:
Send the kids out on a hunt to find the items needed.

Step Two:
Once all items are collected lay them out on a sheets of newspaper and have the kids paint them as follows. 

  • 2 gold 
  • 4 red
  • 6 green
  • 8 purple
  • 10 blue
  • 12 white

Each color carries a different number of points: gold - 10 points, red - 8 points, green - 6 points, purple - 4 points, blue - 2 points, white - 1 point.

Step Three:
Once the painted items have dried have an adult hide them in the house or around the yard.  Let the hunt begin -- the winner is the person who collected the items worth the most points.  This person is designated "Treasure Hunter Extraordinaire".  The title is held until the next hunt!!

 

Easter Scavenger Hunt

  A few pointers to help you to get started:

  • Identify Your Teams
    Divide the kids into teams and have them select a “Easter Theme” name for their team.  Suggestions:  Bunny Hoppers, The Chicks, Colored Eggs, The Baskets, The Candy Men
     
  • Select The Area For The Hunt To Take Place
    You will want to select boundaries and keep the area limited.  Use caution tape to create the boundaries.  Hide the items within the boundaries.  Make sure the lighting is adequate. You can use indoors or outdoors.
     
  • Bags Are Required
    Decorated  bags should be given to each child.  This will help them to navigate and keep organized.
     
  • Prizes Make It Fun
    Select prizes for each team.  Even if it is just a certificate of accomplishment.
     
  • Starter List of Scavenger Hunt Ideas
    1. Can you hop like me?
      A bunny
    2. Family, Friends -- a special feeling.
      Paper with the word Love
    3. I am stuffed with something and feel really cuddly
      Stuffed "Easter" toy
    4. Sweet and sugary, loved by all, makes Easter fun.
      Candy
    5. How you knew to come here tonight?
      Party Invitation
    6. If you hunt for me you will surely find one?
      Easter Egg
    7. Mr. Rabbits favorite food?
      Carrot
    8. List of people living in house?
    9. I live in a basket at Easter and you mow me in the summer
      Grass
    10. Find something soft.

     

 

 New Year's Eve Scavenger Hunt



A scavenger hunt is probably one of the most popular party games.

  • Identify Your Teams
    Divide the kids into teams and have them select a “heart filled” name for their team.  Suggestions:  Conversation Hearts, Cupid's Kids, Loving Hearts, Red Hearts
     
  • Select The Area For The Hunt To Take Place
    You will want to select boundaries and keep the area limited.  Use caution tape to create the boundaries.  Hide the items within the boundaries.  Make sure the lighting is adequate. You can use indoors or outdoors.
     
  • Bags Are Required
    Decorated  bags should be given to each child.  This will help them to navigate and keep organized.
     
  • Prizes Make It Fun
    Select prizes for each team.  Even if it is just a certificate of accomplishment.
     
  • Starter List of Scavenger Hunt Ideas
    1. I am noisy but fun and used on New Year's Eve toy?
      A noisemaker
    2. Find something that you can recycle.
    3. Keep your head warm on New Year's Eve?
      A New Year's Hat
    4. Get the signature of the everyone who lives in the house.
    5. Is it 12 o'clock yet?
      A Paper clock
    6. How you knew to come here tonight?
      Party Invitation
    7. I float high and look pretty?
      Balloon
    8. How many people are at the New Year's Eve party?
    9. Find something shiny.
    10. Get the signature and New Year's Resolution of 2 adults.

 

Camping Scavenger Hunt for Kids

  • Identify Your Teams
    Divide the kids into teams and have them select a "theme" name for their team.  Suggestions:  Nature Kids, Wanderers, Camping Crawlers.  It would be great if an adult goes with each group.
     
  • Select The Area For The Hunt To Take Place
    You will want to select boundaries and keep the area limited.  Use caution tape to create the boundaries.  Hide the items within the boundaries.  Make sure the lighting is adequate. You can use indoors or outdoors.
     
  • Bags Are Required
    Decorated  bags should be given to each child.  This will help them to navigate and keep organized.
     
  • Prizes Make It Fun
    Select prizes for each team.  Even if it is just a certificate of accomplishment.
     
  • Time Limit
    Set the time limit to approximately 30 - 40 minutes
     
  • Starter List of Scavenger Hunt Ideas
    1. Find a map
    2. Locate a rock bigger than a quarter
    3. Find a pine cone
    4. Get 1/2 pound of dirt or sand (be sure to bring something to measure it)
    5. Signature of a park ranger or park employee
    6. Number of letters in the park name
    7. Find a plastic fork
    8. Get a piece of rope or string
    9. Get a program of events at the park
    10. Get three different types of leaves
    11. List everything you see that is blue
    12. Get a stick longer that 1 foot.
    13. Find something that you can recycle.
    14. Get an ice cream cone.
    15. Find something that will float.
    16. Get the signature and favorite food of an adult.

 

Car Scavenger Hunt

Kids love scavenger hunts!  So why not do one while driving in the car? 

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City Scavenger Hunt Country Scavenger Hunt Suburbs Scavenger Hunt
Bus Cow Mini Van
Person on a cell phone Brown Horse School
Taxi Cab Picket Fence Gas Station
Statue or Art work Silo Fast Food Restaurant
Subway or train sign Sign with Farm or Ranch Name Car Dealer
Ladies Retail Store Tractor Playground
Book Store Pond or Lake Church
Museum Dirt Road Red Light
Billboard Country Store Bike
Hotel Mail Box Dog
Restaurant Railroad Tracks Child Playing
Theatre Stop Sign Movie Theatre
Men at work sign/ construction sign Church Post Office
Skyscraper Pick-up Truck Super Market

 

 

Airplane Travel Scavenger Hunt

How about a scavenger hunt on an airplane to keep the kids busy.

Set rules:  Time limit is from take off until 15 minutes before landing, can not leave seat, give them a a pen and the printable format of this list.
Let the kids cross off all items that they spot during the flight.  Consider doing it as a family to avoid a winner/loser argument.

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Writing Tool Airplane Magazine
TV Screen Airline ticket Man with glasses
Person on a laptop IPOD Newspaper
Book Baby Flight Attendant
Writing paper Someone Sleeping Snack
Headphones Clouds Person with a beard
Food Tray Handbag Baseball Cap
Emergency Exit Card Light Food/beverage cart
Name tag Napkin Over Head Compartment
Playing Cards Someone Reading A Red Object
Airplane window Someone with Gray Hair Beverage
Travel Pillow Blanket Package of nuts
A girl with a ponytail Shirt and Tie Coffee Pot
Backpack Exit Sign Coat or Jacket
Reclined Seat Pair of Jeans Window Shade

Mall Scavenger Hunt

There are a number of ways to have a scavenger hunt in the mall.  It really depends on the funds and camera equipment you have available to you as to which one you decide on doing.

Traditional  Scavenger Hunt List

Divide the group into teams and give each team $5.00 to use to purchase items if necessary.  Set a time limit usually 1 -2 hours is sufficient.  Set rules about running, causing a scene or making a lot of noise. Set a penalty for any team coming back late and make it known before the hunt begins. The winning team is the team who comes back with the most items from the list, however they can have only one thing for each item on the list.
  • Napkin from two different fast food restaurants
  • Sale flyer
  • Perfume sample
  • Bag with a store logo on it
  • Signature of the manager of a shoe store
  • Employment application
  • Straw
  • 3 business cards
  • Something hard
  • An empty box
  • Make up sample
  • Mustard or Ketchup packet
  • Sample of men's cologne
  • Something blue
  • Take out menu
  • Something with the number 1 on it
  • Pencil
  • Wrapper from a candy bar
  • Salt or sugar packet
  • Piece of tape
  • Piece of gum
  • Something larger than a dime but smaller than a quarter
  • The name of a salesperson in a children's store
  • Cup from a coffee shop
  • Phone number of the department store in the mall
  • Label from a soda bottle
  • Something soft
  • Name of the security guard
  • Signature of someone in customer service
  • Hand Cream

Color Scavenger Hunt

Divide the group into teams and give each team $10.00 to use to purchase items.  Give them a color or have them make the decision on their own.  Set a time limit usually 1 -2 hours is sufficient.  Set rules about running, causing a scene or making a lot of noise. Set a penalty for any team coming back late and make it known before the hunt begins. Each team must be both creative and thrifty.

The teams must search the mall for the most items that they can get or purchase in the designated color. The winning team is the team who comes back with the most items.  Receipts are required for all items purchased.   If there is a tie then  the team who spent the least amount of money will win.

Number Scavenger Hunt

Divide the group into teams and give each team $10.00 to use to purchase items.  Give them a number of items to collect between 15 - 20 or have them make the decision on their own.  Set a time limit usually 1 -2 hours is sufficient.  Set rules about running, causing a scene or making a lot of noise. Set a penalty for any team coming back late and make it known before the hunt begins. Each team must be both creative and thrifty.

The teams must search the mall for items that they can get or purchase for $10 that will get as close as possible to the required number of items needed. The winning team is the team who comes back with the most items.  Receipts are required for all items purchased.   If there is a tie then  the team who spent the least amount of money will win.

 

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Be sure to ask the kids to bring their digital cameras. Divide the group into teams and make sure each group has a camera. Set a time limit usually 1 -2 hours is sufficient.  Set rules about running, causing a scene or making a lot of noise. Set a penalty for any team coming back late and make it known before the hunt begins. Each team must find and photograph each of the items listed below.
  • Someone in 4 inch heels.
  • The sign of a candy store
  • A cup from a fast food restaurant
  • A team member wearing an ugly dress
  • Someone wearing animal print
  • A team member next to a mannequin
  • Someone eating ice cream
  • A Mac machine
  • A bag with a store logo
  • Someone getting  make-up or hair done
  • Someone talking on a cell phone
  • A team member dressed in something they would never wear
  • Someone wearing clothing in gold or silver
  • Two team members walking holding hands in the mall
  • Someone looking in a mirror
  • An outfit that you can wear to a sporting event
  • A team member talking to a cute guy
  • Someone wearing sunglasses
  • Someone wearing a baseball cap
  • A team member looking at the mall information map
  • A picture of a window display from a men's shop
  • A picture of a Disney character
  • A team member on the elevator
  • Someone giving out a free sample
  • A team member making a crazy face
  • A team member on the escalator
  • Someone drinking a coffee
  • Someone sitting at a table with kids
  • A baby in a stroller
  • A team picture with all members
  • A toy that a two year old would like.
  • A picture of something green
  • Someone eating pizza
  • A team member with 10 stuffed animals
  • A team member asking a stranger for directions to a store