When I think of fall, my senses come alive! The smell of dried leaves on the ground, the crunching of those same leaves underfoot, the vibrant colors, and the yummy treats like pumpkin pie and applesauce. Fall really is the perfect time for a scavenger hunt for kids! The Free Fall Scavenger Hunt Printable for Kids is ready for you to print and share whenever your kids are ready for an outdoor scavenger adventure this fall.

The free printable outdoor scavenger hunt is the perfect fall activity for kids.

Recommended Grade Level:

Fall Scavenger Hunt Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Clipboard (optional)

Learning About Preschool Scavenger Hunts:

PRINTABLE SCAVENGER HUNT FOR YOUNG LEARNERS

YES, IT’S WONDERFUL TO GET OUTSIDE AND TAKE A BREAK FROM THE REGULAR CLASSROOM ROUTINES. BUT THIS THEMED SCAVENGER HUNT ACTUALLY OFFERS A LOT OF LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS.

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

I love nature scavenger hunts because they can be adapted to any season or theme, making them an on-going learning opportunity all year long.

The scavenger hunt images included in my fall hunt are: Sunflower, acorn, apple, corn, yellow leaf, tree, green leaf, hay bale, squirrel, mushroom, rake, wagon, pumpkin, and red leaf.

In addition, I have included a page with words and space for kids to draw their own items when found: Sunflower, firepit, tree, hay bale, red leaf, wagon, yellow leaf, rake, acorn, and squirrel.

You could use the scavenger hunt outdoors or in, and you could use it to kick-off the unit, to culminate, or somewhere in between! 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 fall activity for kids:

  • Why are some of the leaves still green?
  • What do sunflowers/trees/pumpkins need to survive?
  • How did the farmer make the hay bales?
  • Why is fall a busy time for squirrels?
  • Where do mushrooms grow?
The free printable outdoor scavenger hunt for fall has two pages. One page has labeled pictures and the other page has blank spaces for kids to draw the objects they find.

What Can Preschoolers Learn From a Printable Outdoor Scavenger Hunt?

SCavenger hunt ideas for kids

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
The fall-theme scavenger hunt for kids is available in black and white and color.

Why Are Free Printable Scavenger Hunts for Kids Valuable?

Aside from the fact that kids will run wild through a pumpkin patch when 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 searching for specific objects.

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.

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.

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.

“They loved this more than Play doh. I was amazed. “

I did this today with my daycare kids. They loved this more than Play doh. I was amazed. With it being too cold to go outside, this was great. Honestly they played for 1.5 hours and probably would of longer, but we had to get lunch ready. Thank you so much for this.

How To Use This Easy Fall Activity for Kids

How to Use the Activity

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  • Choose whether you want color or black-and-white printables.
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Using the Free Scavenger Hunt Ideas Outside

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.

Explore outside with the fall-theme scavenger hunt for kids.

Adapt to Indoor

If weather isn’t on your side, adapt the hunt for 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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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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