Indoor & Outdoor Scavenger Hunt {FREE Printables}

In an effort to find fun things to keep my boys occupied this summer sometimes I just have to come up with something from scratch. Such is the case with today’s project!
I want to share a fun little project that will entertain your kids rain or shine.
A scavenger hunt with indoor and outdoor game boards!
I created these game boards full of fun things for kids to find (free printable downloads are at the end of the post) whether they are stuck inside due to rainy weather or out in the sunshine. There are 25 items to find on each of the sheets. Some items to find are very specific while other will make them use their imaginations. I tried to include items that could be found in anyone’s backyard or home.
Since my oldest is only 4, I included both words and images of almost all of the items so we can practice sight words.
After printing and cutting out the boards (they each measure 5×7), I mounted them on doubled-sided scrapbook paper that was also trimmed down to size. To make these boards reusable I laminated them and purchased some dry erase crayons for my kids to use to mark off the items as they found them.
I purchased some $.99 sand buckets to keep the scavenger hunt “supplies” in.
It also doubles as a place to hold any of the scavenger hunt items they find along the way that they want to keep.
I also made a printable scavenger hunt sign to tape to the front of the bucket (also laminated).
Use your imagination when it comes to gathering supplies for your little adventurers! I shopped the toys we already have to fill the buckets with things I thought my boys might need or find fun to have along during the hunt.
I included magnifying glasses (I have seen $.99 ones at both Target and Michaels), toy binoculars, flashlights (even in broad daylight my boys love to use flashlights), “sample” baggies which are jewelry bags from my own craft stash, and a cloth to remove the dry erase marks when we’re done with the hunt.
Other items that could be included are bug catchers, safari hats/vests, and little shovels.
Once you have printed the scavenger hunt sheets and pieced together the buckets
it is time to send your little adventurers off to start hunting!
My boys had such a good time finding the things on the list and marking it off.

I helped them along sounding out words with my oldest and helping the youngest mark things off his sheet.

They collected samples are were ready to do it all over again as soon as the hunt was over!
We’re actually looking forward to a rainy day so we can try out the indoor scavenger hunt!
The file will print on 8.5×11″ paper. Printing on cardstock is recommended.
The file will print on 8.5×11″ paper. Printing on cardstock is recommended.
I hope you and your adventurers enjoy this scavenger hunt as much as we do!
Happy hunting!


  1. Flo says

    I know this post is 3 years old but wanted to leave a note and let you know that I just found this recently and it’s exactly what I needed for my sons’ first birthday party this weekend. Thanks for doing all the work for this busy working mom of 3 and making a printable. Love the creativity you put into it!

  2. says

    This post is so much fun! I love the free printable. Thank you for linking up at “A Little Bird Told Me” Wednesday link party! You have been featured at Mama’s Happy Hive blog. 🙂

  3. says

    Oh my goodness…. kids love scavenger hunts almost as much as adults do! Loved these photos of them running around to find things. I especially love how it is a sneaky way to practice reading that they never would suspect! Going to borrow this idea for our Summer Bucket Lit. Found you via Saturday Sharefest ; )

  4. says

    I’m dropping by from the Happy Scraps link party. This is such a great idea! Thank you for creating a printable for this activity. I really appreciate it.

    I’m trying to grow my own link party and I invite you to share this idea (and 2-3 more). I think my readers would REALLY enjoy your scavenger hunt. My link party is Grandma Ideas Sharing Time Link Party at

    All the best,

  5. says

    awesome fun!! i love scavenger hunts and watching the kids run around while sitting back and relaxing! I think it’s time for a new one and using your sheets will make it easy! thanks for the tips and fun 🙂

  6. says

    This is so fun to do wiht my kids! Your cards are much better than the ones that I rush to jot down on the way out the door to the scavenger hunt! Thanks for the printables!

    Thank you for sharing at #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup !

  7. says

    This is going to thrill my kiddos beyond imagination (At least the oldest 5 – the one-year-old will just be watching! 🙂 THANK YOU!

  8. says

    This is such a cute idea! It looks like something my girls and I would really enjoy. We did a nature scavenger hunt for Earth day and really enjoyed it. I love the buckets to collect items.

  9. says

    Such a cute and fun idea!! Scavenger hunts are always fun for kids. Love it! Thanks so much for the great idea and sharing the printable!!


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