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Free Printable Backyard Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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Fun Kids’ Nature Scavenger Hunt!

Send your kids outside for a backyard scavenger hunt! This printable 15 item scavenger hunt for the yard is easy outdoor fun for kids! And it will help your kids learn to appreciate nature by exploring in their own backyard.

Outside Scavenger Hunt Printable

A scavenger hunt is a perfect way to teach kids to take a closer look at their surroundings when they’re playing outside. And to have some fun out there too!

Kids benefit enormously from spending time outside! Nature is calming, restorative, and most of all fun!

As a parent, my mission is to get my kids outside as much as possible. Especially during warm weather months. And summer is here my friends! So, let’s send the kids out to the yard for a scavenger hunt!

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I wanted to come up with a fun way to get my kids exploring outside. So, I created this backyard scavenger hunt printable and sent the kids on a mission. A mission to hunt up bugs and flowers and fuzzy things. All in our own backyard.

If your kids can read, they can take this scavenger hunt outside and run with it pretty much on their own. Most of the words are doable even for early readers.

And if you’re child is not yet a reader, a little assistance from a parent or older sibling and they should be able to head out on the hunt for everything on the list.

If you don’t have much of a backyard, this printable scavenger works just great on a walk through your neighborhood or a local park. Anywhere kids can explore outside.

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How to Use this Backyard Scavenger Hunt Printable

To get started, grab the backyard scavenger hunt printable in my free resource library here. Then you can print out as many copies as you need.

The scavenger hunt prints out on regular letter size paper (8.5 x 11). It does have a little color on it but not so much it will drain your printer cartridge.

Give each of your kids a copy of the scavenger hunt printable (or let them work as a team) and go searching outside for all 15 items.

I’ve done this a couple different ways with my kids.

One way to use this printable is to send your kids outside with their backyard scavenger hunt list and a pencil and let them check off everything they find. But leave everything where it is.

The second way to play is to send kids out with a bucket (and a jar with holes in the lid for their bugs) along with the scavenger hunt printable and let them collect some of the things on the list. (Not the bird- they should just check off the bird or take a photo).

Collecting things definitely adds to the fun. And then if you have multiple kids playing they can compare their collections when everyone is done.

A third option is to have kids take pictures of things they find. Although you have to trust them with a camera or a phone. Which is something you understandably might be cautious about depending on the age of your kids. But it can be fun if you go along to protect your phone.

It might be hard to find everything on the list in one outing, depending on your backyard or the park where you choose to have your scavenger hunt. But the fun is in the search!

And you can always play again.

Download the Free Backyard Scavenger Hunt Printable


To download your free printable nature scavenger hunt, just click the photo above to go to my free resource library.

Print out as many copies as you need for your kids. And then let the outdoor scavenger hunt fun begin!

While you’re in the resource library, don’t forget to check out some of the other fun freebies for you and your kids!

You can use the form below to get access to the free printable backyard scavenger hunt and all of my other freebies for moms and kids in my free resource library (new stuff gets added all the time!)

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Fun for Kids

Kids thrive in the outdoors! But sometimes they need a little nudge to get out and explore. Send them on a backyard scavenger hunt with his free printable!

Let your kids have fun searching your yard, your neighborhood, or your local park for everything from bugs to weeds to fuzzy stuff. They’ll have a blast!

Printable Back Yard Scavenger Hunt

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