List of Things to Find in a Scavenger Hunt Outside

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Scavenger hunts are fun for kids and adults alike, and there are nearly endless variations of the game. They make a great party game, can be adapted to any group size and can adapt to any number of occasions. A hiking scavenger hunt will differ greatly from a backyard scavenger hunt, but both can be fun, fresh ideas. Scavenger hunts can be played in teams or by individuals, which makes them a great game for families or groups of children.

Zoo Hunt

A zoo hunt can be a great way to introduce kids to different animals and make sure they visit the best places. Disposable cameras provide a fun and easy way for them to record their finds, and, with one hour photo processing, you’ll have time for dinner between the zoo and finding out who won the game. Lists could include lions, polar bears, chimpanzees, hummingbirds or even butterflies if the zoo has a butterfly garden.

Farmer’s Market Hunt

Farmer’s markets can be a great place to pick up everyday items, but they can also be chaotic. Taking your children with you can sometimes seem like a big job, but if you make a game out of it, you can keep your children’s attention focused. Provide them with a list of fruits, vegetables and ingredients. Lists could include strawberries, rye bread, yellow bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, flowers or hot sauce.

Backyard Hunt

A backyard scavenger hunt can be a great way to keep kids entertained at a party. In a backyard hunt, you can either use a list of items that are in your backyard, or hide specific items with clues that will lead eventually to a treasure. If you’ll be having guest children over, rearrange things before the hunt itself so that nothing’s just where your kids remember it. Lists could include gardening tools, ladybugs, barbecue utensils, flowers, leaves or more abstract items, such as something triangle-shaped.

Great Outdoors Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a great way to teach your kids about the world around them. Whether it’s a nature walk scavenger hunt, a scavenger hunt around your camping site, or just a walk around the neighborhood, there are endless things to explore. Lists could include pine cones, ladybugs, feathers, acorns or rocks in any shape or size.