We just did an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For Kids for a birthday party and it was a HUGE hit. It was a great way to keep kids active, outdoors, and working in teams. And in this post I share a FREE Printable Template PDF so you can do your own Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For Kids…
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For Kids
First, I divided the kids into two teams (and I clearly said there were no prizes so that the kids would understand this was just for fun with no competition). I connected the two teams by giving each “captain” a walkie talkie (they LOVED this). The walkie talkies were a ton-of-fun for them to use back and forth in communication. So though they were in two teams…they were still a group.
I also set clear boundaries. They could walk around the block but they could not cross any streets or go into any backyards. And they had to stay together as a team. It was a good way to keep the kids safe but give them a bit of freedom at the same time.
I provided clip boards and pens as well. And the kids were good about taking turns (there is something powerful and magical about holding a clip board for a kid – who knows why?!).
And instead of having the kids find things and bring them back (because who needs a bunch of rocks and sticks coming home?!) I had the kids sign their names as to who found what – and then they had to verbally report it back to me. This was great because it got all the kids talking and sharing back stories about how they found stuff.
To print out the above Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For Kids FREE Template click here Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For Kids Template.
And check out my post on Birthday Party activities (fun, frugal, and easy!). And of course my book, Boredom Busters has 50+ activities to entertain and keep kids busy (shameless plug I know – but hey – see a plug-use a plug!).