10 Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas to Go Exploring Outside 

by Stacy Tornio

Looking for outdoor scavenger hunt ideas? There are lots of different ways to do a hunt like this. You’ll know your area best, but here are some different ideas for how to theme it. Plus if you’re looking for tips on how to make a scavenger hunt in general, check out these tips

Pick a single color. 

This is a good way to hone in on a specific theme. Pick a color, and see how many items each person can find in that color. 

Pick lots of colors. 

Another way to do is to make a list of colors and see who can cross off something on the list in every single color. You can list things specifically or leave it vague. 

Focus on a single letter. 

You can draw a single letter where everyone has to find items that begin with the letter. Or make it a game where you draw letters (like out of a Scrabble bag) and find items one at a time. 

Go through the alphabet. 

We used to play this game when I was a kid called “Flip.” You started with A, finding a single item. Then after you found it, you’d say “flip” and then move on alphabetically. You could definitely do this with a scavenger hunt. 

Focus on a season. 

It’s such a good practice to recognize the different seasons in your area. You don’t have to just have one scavenger hunt per season either. Change it up and create new ones as each season goes along. 

Be backyard specific. 

No one knows what’s in your backyard better than you do. Come up with items that you know kids will be able to find right in your own backyard. 

Be neighborhood specific. 

Expanding beyond the backyard, focus on what’s in your neighborhood instead. Come up with items on the list that you know kids can walk to in order to find and cross off. For instance, if you live near a park, these are good items to put on the list. 

Feature a destination. 

If you have a favorite park or place to go outside with your family, make a destination scavenger hunt. Try to put a mix of easy and harder-to-find items. 

Be vague. 

Sometimes it’s best to let others interpret the scavenger hunt for themselves. For instance, you can just say things like, “something soft” or “something bumpy” and wait to see what others find. As part of the hunt, require participants to take photos along the way. This is such a fun and visual way to document what’s going on. 

For more outdoor scavenger hunts, check out The Ultimate Book of Scavenger Hunts. 

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