When I think of Christmas I picture the colored lights, smell the tangy scent of gingerbread, and hear my kids belting out Feliz Navidad at the top of their lungs. As noisy as that might be, I wouldn’t want my holiday memories any different.

To my family Christmas is a time when our family comes together and shares our love for one another. What a perfect way to spend time together then by going on a Christmas scavenger hunt!! The Free Christmas Scavenger Hunt is ready for you to share whenever your kids are headed into the holiday spirit.

– Life Over C's Free printable Christmas scavenger hunt.

Recommended Grade Level:

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Supplies:

  • Paper Plate
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Pasta: Shell, Rotini, Farfalle
  • Rice
  • Ruler

Learning About Preschool Scavenger Hunts:

printable CHRISTMAS SCAVENGER HUNT
CHILDREN CRAVE AND NEED TO GET OUTSIDE EACH DAY TO DEVELOP GROSS AND FINE MOTOR SKILLS. OUTSIDE TIME ALSO HELPS DEVELOP SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING WITH PEERS. THIS THEMED KIDS SCAVENGER HUNT ACTUALLY OFFERS A LOT OF LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS.

Outdoor activities, like scavenger and treasure hunts, are highly recommended and provide an interactive way for kids to practice important problem solving and observation skills from a very young age.

I love this Christmas scavenger hunt game because it can be adapted for different learning styles and English language learners.

The images included in the scavenger hunt for Christmas are: Holly, lights, wreath, hot cocoa, marshmallows, tree, cookies, star, stocking, peppermint, gift, candy cane, ornament, and sleigh.

In addition, there is a page included with words and space for kids to draw their own items when found: Hot cocoa, sleigh, candy cane, star, ornament, gift, tree, milk and cookies, lights, and peppermint.

You could use the Christmas scavenger hunt ideas outdoors or in, and you could use it to kick-off the unit, to culminate, or somewhere in between! For a Christmas party or for early risers on Christmas morning. It really doesn’t matter!

Your students will love this scavenger hunt list regardless of how you choose to implement it in your unit. There are many thought-provoking questions you might ask before/during/after this fun Christmas activity for kids:

  • What other holidays are celebrated instead of Christmas?
  • Why do you think candy canes are red and white? What other colors could they be?
  • What do you think the perfect gift would be for your friend?
  • What animals do you think might live in a pine tree?
– Life Over C's Christmas scavenger hunt pages.

What Can Preschoolers Learn From a Printable Outdoor Scavenger Hunt?

themed SCavenger hunt
TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS LEARN IMPORTANT SKILLS WHEN THEY ENGAGE WITH SCAVENGER HUNTS, CLUES, AND SEARCHING FOR ITEMS.

When young kids engage in anything from a book scavenger hunt to a camping scavenger hunt, they employ important skills that will be used for lots of future learning.

  • Problem-solving
  • Observation
  • Compare/contrast
  • Teamwork
  • Perseverance
  • Reasoning
– Life Over C's Christmas scavenger hunt page with objects to find.

Why Are Free Printable Scavenger Hunts for Kids Valuable?

Aside from the fact that kids will run wild whenever given the opportunity, hunting for objects develops important skills.

Develop a Child’s Creativity

Crafts for kids aren’t the only way we can help students develop creativity. A scavenger hunt helps them think and problem solve while using clues to find specific objects.

Encourage Teamwork

Whether you have students work in pairs or teams, a free printable outdoor scavenger hunt is an ideal opportunity to get them working together towards a common goal.

Improve Observational Skills

Observation is important when it comes to learning how to read. Why not help preschoolers develop those skills early by searching for specific objects with specific characteristics.

Develop Perseverance

Not all of the items might be easily found, which isn’t a bad thing! Children will learn to stick with a task, follow through, or possibly adapt for items that simply aren’t there.

How To Use This Activity:

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To Use:

Group your students accordingly.

Decide whether you want them to cross off the items when they find them, or draw a picture.

Set a time limit, or provide an additional activity for groups to do as they complete the scavenger hunt.

Extend the Activity:

Adapt to Indoor

If weather isn’t on your side, adapt the hunt for the indoors by hiding as many of the items as you can in the classroom or common area, if possible.

Book Scavenger Hunt

Use the same scavenger hunt pages, but challenge kids to find each item in a classroom book!

Get Techie

If you have technology available that allows students to take pictures, you can require them to snap a photo of each item before they check it off the list.

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– Life Over C's Free printable Christmas scavenger hunt.
– Life Over C's Free printable scavenger hunt for Christmas.
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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