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Indoor & Outdoor Scavenger Hunt {FREE Printables}

Keep the kiddos entertained rain or shine with this indoor and outdoor scavenger hunt with free printables!

This is a repost of a fun kids’ activity from 7 years ago and perfect to get the kids active rain or shine!

indoor outdoor scavenger hunt
In an effort to find fun things to keep my boys occupied, sometimes I just like 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!

scavenger hunt free printables
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.

scavenger hunt supplies
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).

scravenger hunt supply list
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.

scavenger hunt 2
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!

backyard scavenger hunt
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!


To download:
Scavenger hunt sheets
The file will print on 8.5×11″ paper. Printing on cardstock is recommended.

Scavenger hunt signs
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!

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SNK Creation

Friday 16th of July 2021

Thanks for sharing such a great blog... I am impressed with you taking time to post a nice info.

Cathey DeRosa

Wednesday 1st of April 2020

It's very nice of you to pass these wonderful printables on to us. I very much appreciate this. God bless you for it.

Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

Wednesday 17th of July 2019

This wonderful post looks like one of those evergreen posts that never grow old. We will feature it on the next Bloggers's Pit Stop. Kathleen

Sylvia|Grace for a Gypsy

Monday 8th of July 2019

Great idea! I am adding this to my bucket list of things to do this summer with grandkids! pinning!


Friday 5th of May 2017

What a cute idea! I have been searching Pinterest lately looking for outside summer activities for the kiddos. Not only will this get us outside, but it will also get us moving. Thank you so much for sharing!

Cheers, Lisa at Dreams and Caffeine

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