We love summer! The kids are out of school and it’s a great time to create some memories. We especially love ideas that take us out of the house and on all sorts of new adventures.
That’s why we’ve created this one-of-a-kind summer scavenger hunt for kids! Your little ones will love seeing how many summertime items they can find – and checking them off when they do.
Be sure to check out my 35+ Summer Activities for Preschoolers as well!
Summer Scavenger Hunt for Kids
One of the best things about this printable summer scavenger hunt for kids is that you can choose how to use it. Make it a one-day activity with the goal being to find everything on that specific day, or turn it into an all-summer-long adventure – slowly checking off items throughout the season and naturally as you see them. Whichever method you choose, you’re in for a whole lot of fun.
Summer Scavenger Hunt Supplies
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- Printer Paper or Cardstock
- Summery Stickers or markers
- Laminator (optional)
- Camera (to document the fun! – optional)
How to Use this Summer Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Doing this summer scavenger hunt for kids really couldn’t be easier. Print the downloaded file on regular computer paper or, for added stability, use cardstock. You could even make this page extra durable (and reusable!) by laminating it.
After all, you’re going to be toting it around the great outdoors, so it’s not a bad idea to have a little extra protection.
Now comes the fun part! Join your kiddos on an adventure to find as many of the listed summer items as possible. Each one is a quintessential part of summer which will not only help familiarize your child with the season but makes them super easy to find.
As a result, this summer scavenger hunt for kids is perfect for younger kids, but older kids and (even adults!) enjoy it as well. If you do choose to use with for older kids or adults, try setting a time limit for an extra challenge. Whoever finds the most items before the clock runs out WINS!
Free Summer Scavenger Hunt Tips
When an item is found, don’t forget to check it off the list. You can use markers or a pen (if you chose to laminate your summer scavenger hunt for kids, a dry erase marker is a great option), or summer-themed stickers. Have your little one try sounding out each word before you check it off.
You could even ask follow-up questions such as, “What is your favorite flavor of popsicle,” or “How big was the biggest sand castle you ever made?”
This will help your child with recall, spatial awareness, and more!
Although many (if not all!) of the listed items can be found in or near your home, try taking your kiddo to a few specific destinations. Some ideas are neighborhood parks and pools, the beach, waterparks, and splash pads.
This will not only get them up and out of the house but will help ensure they find every single item on their list.
Summer Scavenger Hunt Rewards
No scavenger hunt is complete without a reward at the end. Check out our list below for some summer-themed prizes and treats, along with some related activity ideas.
- Summer-themed curly straws – Pop these into some homemade Starbucks drinks for extra fun!
- Bubble wands – These would go great with our recipe for homemade bubbles.
- Water balloons – For more balloon fun, be sure and check out this Air Pressure Balloon Science Experiment.
- Fishing game – After playing with this toy, continue the fishing fun with some Alphabet Fishing!
- Bug catcher – This would be a great addition to our Insect Unit Study.
- Butterfly garden – Round out this prize by including a bit of time learning about the Life Cycle of a Butterfly.
- Whack a Frog game – This would be a hilarious game to play after learning about the Life Cycle of a Frog.
Where to get the Summer Scavenger Hunt Printable