We love scavenger hunts and we love coming up with fun things for kids to do in the summer. From cool summer STEM activities to creative summer crafts for kids to make – adding this summer scavenger hunt for kids to our summer activities is going to be awesome.
My kids love scavenger hunts because they love searching for things and they love the competition…who will find the items first. I love scavenger hunts because they help me pass time with the kids. Yep, when I have a day full of errands if I pull together a simple scavenger hunt, the kids don’t notice the time passing by. Scavenger hunts can be simple, difficult, indoors or out…this super awesome summer scavenger hunt printable is all about searching for summery items.
Summer Scavenger Hunt for Kids
What different items do you associate with summer?
I asked my girls to put together a list of summery items and they came up with things like sunglasses, beach towels, ice cream and sandcastles. I created a printable summer scavenger hunt that is engaging for kids of all ages to play along with. You can go ahead and print off a copy of our summer scavenger hunt for kids right here.
Bring this scavenger hunt along on your next trip to the beach, park or on a simple walk through the neighbourhood. Kids of all ages will love this activity. If your kids are younger take a minute to read the list for pre-readers, while you can let the big kids take control of the hunt.
How To Have a Scavenger Hunt for Older Kids
It is simple to make this scavenger more challenging for older kids. Add a few new rules for the older kids…
- the older kids need to locate 3 of each item on the list (you might only be able to find 1 sun).
- older kids need to take a picture of each item with their phones
Change things up to suit your child. Once you have printed off the summer scavenger hunt for kids there is one last element to think about when you have a scavenger hunt…the prize at the end of the hunt.
After the kids have done the hard work of searching and checking things off, they deserve a little reward. The perfect summertime treats, we love celebrating with a freezie or ice pop. Before we head out on our hunt, I make sure the freezer is stocked with some homemade popsicles – our strawberry creamsicles are pretty popular. When we get home the hunt is on for one last item…the popsicles.
What would you include in your summer scavenger hunt?
What would your kids love to have as a prize?
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Here’s another fun summer family game to play. Check out our summer would you rather questions for kids