Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids {Free Printable}

Are you looking for a simple scavenger hunt for your kids while they play outdoors? 
Now that it is getting to be so nice outside, I put together a Nature Scavenger HuntFor Kids for my boys {and any of the other kids in the neighborhood that want to join in}.  I included things that I was pretty sure they could find, although they may have to look hard. 
This is also a great activity to do in the fall, because you will find a completely different variety of items.  The kids will be able to find more leaves and acorns and in the spring they will find more blooming flowers and green plants.
I love these type of activities for my kids, it gets them outside having fun int he neighborhood instead of sitting in front of the television.  It’s a challenge for them and they compete to see who can find everything first, yes, they are boys and everything is a race!
Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids

How to Create a Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids

I laminated their list, so they can use the Nature Scavenger Hunt again {and because I love to laminate everything these days!}.  I plan to give them their list, a dry erase marker and a bag to collect everything in.
Here is my list of items I came up with.  We looked for things like 
  • Rocks
  • Seeds
  • leaves
  • Noisy things
  • fuzzy things 
  • Etc. 
fun and easy nature scavenger hunt for kids with a free printable
You can print your own Nature Scavenger Hunt to use with your kids!
Be sure to check out our Everything for Parents Pinterest Board for more activities you can do with your kids!

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  1. Mindy says

    I’m trying to find the printable of the nature scavenger hunt but every link I click on goes to a spam-like website. Any idea why that’s happening?

  2. says

    I used your Nature Scavenger hunt this weekend for our Sunday School fellowship we had at a local park. Families worked together and had fun collecting each item. I gave points to each item thinking the family with the most points would win a prize. It turned out that each family was able to collect all the items within the time given. So, we awarded the first family back with a nice big pumpkin for their family. Thanks for the idea!

  3. says

    We stopped for a spur of the moment hike last weekend, and I was thrilled to find a copy of this lurking around in my purse…the kids loved it…again, since every hike is different and we can find different things to fit the list! Thanks!

  4. Melissa says

    Found you through The Frugal Girls on Pinterest. I love this list. My family goes camping often. I will definitely be bringing this along on our next trip. It will give my daughter and her cousins something fun and different to do. Thank you!

  5. says

    I found your nature scavenger hunt on Pinterest and took my 2 kids out to have a go at it at the weekend. we had such fun running around doing it and are planning to do one at the seaside in the summer. I’ve linked back on my blog and its my first PROPER blog post. Eek!
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  6. Anonymous says

    Thank you for posting such simple and no-cost idea!! I tried it with my kids today and we had a blast :) I will post pics to FB and tag your blog, thank you!!

  7. says

    I love the idea of having a nature-themed scavenger hunt! It is a great way for the kids to explore nature. It can help them find out more about their surroundings and understand the importance of nature. You can actually throw in a prize at the end of the hunt so that the kids will know that it is all worth it.

  8. Bambi Jayne says

    Thanks for the cute idea. I'll print yours and use on our camping trip. I'm sure my ladies will love it!

  9. Jess, A Girl says

    Could you post your list as a pdf file to print out and use? I'd love to use this with the girls I babysit for, with your permission, of course. :)

  10. Diane says

    Such a great idea, thank you. The grand kids will be over on Friday. This will be so much fun. I'm a new linky follower. Be great if you could follow me back. Have a woderful day. Diane

  11. Jenny Melrose says

    Love it! That's certainly a great way to keep them busy. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!

  12. says

    Thanks so much for linking up – you were meant to be at our party this week. I have a nature hike/scavenger hunt to plan with my Daisy troop on Wednesday! You have saved the day!!


    Jen @ Don't Mess With My Tutus

  13. Sarah says

    Awesome!! I pinned it to do later, I think I'd find pictures of whatever I wanted them to find since they're not reading yet, thanks for the outside idea!!

  14. Pamela says

    I love this, I will be doing this for Jayda birthday party, there will be some bigger kids there, so they will love this.

  15. says

    We did something just like this on Spring Break and few weeks ago. My items were very similar to yours, except mine was just scribbled quickly on a piece of paper and then I gave her a giant ziplock bag. I love that you planned this ahead of time!


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