An Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Categories:Family, Fun, Kids, Learning

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Are your kids driving you crazy already this summer?

I know mine are! I love them dearly but my oh my, please stop with the whining already!

To cure the “I’m bored” syndrome, I’ve put together an outdoor scavenger hunt to occupy the little monsters, I mean dearies. It is part of our summer bucket list.

Tip – Try to find a few objects on the list each day. That way your kids are not too overwhelmed.

An Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

  • Find a maple leaf.
  • Spot a butterfly.
  • Find an acorn.
  • Pick a dandelion.
  • Feel a prickly plant.
  • Slide down a red slide.
  • Watch out for a bumble bee.
  • Go across a bridge that has sand under it.
  • Spy a bird flying by.
  • Find a chewed leaf.
  • Become friends with a ladybug.
  • Go across a bridge over water.
  • Blow on a dandelion.
  • Listen to the birds sing.
  • Pick up a few pieces of litter and put them in the garbage can. (Wear gloves please!)
  • Find a pretty coloured rock.
  • Spot an ant.
  • Spy a bird feather.
  • Twirl in a park.
  • Pick up a y-shaped twig.
  • Listen to a rolling creek.
  • Find a worm.
  • Search for a squirrel.
  • Feel a tree’s bark.
  • Look for your reflection.
  • Don’t step on a spider. (You don’t want to make it rain!)
  • Watch the clouds fly by.
  • Eye spy a fish.
  • Find a pine/spruce tree.
  • Smell a pretty flower.
  • How many colours did you see?
  • Listen to the wind.
  • Fly a “helicopter.”

Save the below image to print out and use the list with your kids!


Have fun and enjoy!

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Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.


  1. Tammy In R Dream
    July 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Heading over! thanks!

  2. Christine
    July 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    I saw your post on the PTPA site. What fun!

  3. Katrina Brady
    Katrina BradyReply
    July 11, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Love scavenger hunts and they are definitely fun for kids. Great occupiers of time :)

  4. Kathleen Garber
    July 11, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    I don’t know a single kid that doesn’t like scavenger hunts!

  5. Nicole
    July 11, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Great post and fabulous idea!

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