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Join the Scavenger Hunt with These Scavenger Hunt Clues for Kids

Active children are happy children, and what better way to get them moving with a scavenger hunt? Encouraging the kids to run around finding the items on their scavenger list is the ideal way to ensure they get their recommended hour of physical activity a day, and it’s much more exciting than sitting in front of the TV!

To further increase excitement levels, add a prize to be awarded to anyone who manages to find all the scavenger items within an hour. Prizes could be as dazzling as a trip to the cinema, or as delicious as ice cream cones smothered in chocolate sauce! Don’t forget to hand them the scavenger list, and a bag or box to keep their items in as they go along.

We’ve created two lists of scavenger hunt clues for kids for you to try out – one at home and another for when you can get out to a local park.

What you need:

  • A prize
  • Shoebox, rucksack or similar, for them to keep the scavenger items in
  • Pens, pencils and/or crayons
  • A stopwatch with an alarm, so they know when their hour is up
  • Matchboxes to contain tiny finds
  • A printed or written out version of the scavenger list, so they can tick off items as they go along.

Scavenger Hunt List 1 – The great outdoor scavenger hunt!

Look no further for ideas for outdoor activities – this scavenger hunt is great fun for a day in the park, or to add a bit of excitement to a long walk in the woods. The list is designed not only to get kids running around, but they’ll have to think carefully about how to find some of the items.

  • Something that fell out of a tree (no leaves allowed!)
  • Something that makes a noise when shaken
  • Three types of leaf
  • Something beginning with ‘D’
  • Something white
  • Something really soft
  • Something faster than a snail

Scavenger Hunt List 2 – Hunters in the home!

A bit of drizzle shouldn’t stop the kids getting outside and exploring, but if it’s really cold and miserable, don't worry – indoor fun for kids is easy with these indoor scavenger hunt clues for kids.

  • A book with the word ‘continent’ written in it
  • A photo of a grandparent
  • Something with the word ‘special’ printed on it
  • The phone number for a local business you choose (without use of the internet!)
  • Make an instrument out of household objects – the more imaginative, the better!
  • Draw a self-portrait whilst pulling a funny face
  • Something diamond-shaped

If you opt for the outdoor scavenger hunt, make sure you keep an eye on the kids and ensure they stay in a safe area. It’s easy for them to get carried away looking for clues and find themselves off-track!

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