Ready to let your children explore the outdoors? Learn how to go on a nature scavenger hunt with the whole family. Download this free printable scavenger hunt for kids and set up a fun outdoor experience in minutes.
Our cottage-style home backs up to a winding creek and my kids love exploring along the creek banks. Whether searching for critters or collecting oddly-shaped rocks, our backyard is an opportunity to learn, discover, and explore. Therefore, it’s a no-brainer to integrate activities that enrich nature exploration, such as a printable Nature Scavenger Hunt for kids.
**Note: This post was originally written as a guest post for Beauty in the Mess.
Don’t have a winding creek in your backyard? No worries! This Nature Scavenger Hunt for kids is designed for a variety of outdoor experiences (whether exploring a fenced backyard, playing at the park, or hiking in the mountains).
Did you know? All of our Scavenger Hunt Games include the picture and the word so that any kid can play, even if they haven’t learned to read.
How to make a Nature Scavenger Hunt
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- Grab the FREE Printable (available at the end of this post)
- White Cardstock
- Printer and Ink
- Branch and Twig Colored Pencils (totally optional, but totally fun!)
- Download the Nature Scavenger Hunt file (available at the end of this post) to your computer.
- Print the Nature Scavenger Hunt onto white cardstock, creating as many copies as you’d like. After all, this nature exploration activity can be enjoyed over and over, through the spring, summer, and fall months!
- Hand your child(ren) a bark-covered color pencil, the Nature Scavenger Hunt, and let them start exploring.
Don’t want to make your own? No problem! Grab a dry-erase nature scavenger hunt from my Amazon shop. The set ships free and includes a total of 16 scavenger hunt games.
How to take a Nature Scavenger Hunt with Kids
First, go outside! And, yes, just about anywhere will do. This nature scavenger hunt includes backyard-friendly items, such as:
However, if you’re heading on a hike through the mountains, this Nature Scavenger Hunt is a great take-along activity, too! Find nature items, such as:
Each time your child finds an item, they can mark an X over the picture. I love to use a set of twig color pencils to complement the nature theme. Encourage the kids to find as many items as possible, or to complete a full row of nature pictures (think five-in-a-row or BINGO style).
Your kids will have a blast (and you might just enjoy it, too) as they mark off each item found in nature.
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- Learn how to make a DIY Kids Nature Kit. This simple project makes a perfect birthday gift, encouraging nature exploration, and creative play.
- Take scavenger hunt games on the road, with a FREE Travel Scavenger Hunt. (P.S. Going to New York? I also have a Travel Scavenger Hunt specifically for New York City).
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