One of our favorite summer time activities is making a trip to the beach. Yes it means packing up the beach towels, sunscreen, water toys, and OF COURSE the snacks, but in the end I love seeing my kids faces when they finally jump in the salty waves. Aside from hunting for seashells, what kid wouldn’t love a scavenger hunt at the beach?! So grab your flip flops and print out this adorable free beach scavenger hunt to share with the little beach bums in your life.

The free beach scavenger hunt is the perfect activity for a trip to the beach this summer.

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Materials for the Beach Scavenger Hunt for Kids

  • Paper
  • Writing Utensils
  • Beach theme book (optional)

Use the Beach Scavenger Hunt to Build Observational Skills



When your child is looking for specific items on the list they will have to classify objects by colors, sizes, shapes and even textures.

As your child finds each item, have them cross off the picture and then draw the object on the second page. Encourage them to use descriptive words including positions and locations.

This is an activity for a day with warm, sunny weather as your child will be outdoors looking for items. Some items may be ‘staged’ if they cannot be found on the beach (for example: starfish).

The beach scavenger hunt list for kids included in this printable: towel, beach umbrella, sandcastle, sandals, shovel, surfboard, beach ball, seashell, bucket, lifeguard, and palm tree.

In addition to learning about observational skills for preschool and/or kindergarten, here are some more ideas for what you can teach using the beach scavenger hunt free printable:

  • What object was the easiest to find?
  • What object was the hardest to find?
  • What other objects did you find that are not on the sheet?
  • Tell me about a sandcastle you could make.
One page of the beach scavenger hunt has labeled pictures of beach objects. The other page of the free beach scavenger hunts for kids lists beach themed objects and gives children the chance to draw pictures.

What Can Preschoolers Learn with the Beach Theme Printable Scavenger Hunts For Kids?



  • Which words start with ‘S?
  • Which words have a ‘C’ in them?
  • What pictures contain compound words (lifeguard, starfish, seashell,?
  • Where else do you think you might find some of these items?
The beach scavenger hunt for kids free printable is available in color or black and white.

Reasons to Use Scavenger Hunts for Kids

Besides the fact that kids love running wild and free, there are so many other reasons you should ask your children to find specific objects in a hunt.

Build Problem Solving Skills

Our children will use prior knowledge to investigate and problem solve where they think one of the beach objects may be hiding. For example, a lifeguard might be found in an area with many people swimming.

Teach Teamwork

Have your children work in small groups or pairs to practice brainstorming and team work. Collaborating with a friend can provide us with clues and ideas we may not have thought of.

Get Your Body Moving

I have never met a kid that doesn’t love running outside and searching for ‘treasure’. Your child will engage gross motor skills by exploring and moving those little legs.

Develop Fine Motor Skills

When your child crosses out the objects they have found and draws a picture of the objects, they are using their fine motor skills. This is important for writing, tying shoes, and self-feeding.

Children will love looking for beach-themed objects on their beach scavenger hunts for kids.

How To Use These Free Printable Beach Scavenger Hunts for Kids:

how to make a scavenger hunt for kids

This activity is so simple to make and to ‘stage’ if necessary. If some of the objects are not found in your hunting space, feel free to add these items for your kiddos to find.

Print out a copy of the printable scavenger hunt for each child.

A clipboard or something hard to set the paper on could help with writing and drawing.

Provide each child with a crayon, pen or pencil (and please remind them not to run with a sharp writing tool!).

Let them run free and explore their surroundings, with proper supervision of course.

Other Ways To Use These Printable Beach Scavenger Hunts for Kids:

Create a Clue

If you feel like your child may have a difficult time finding the objects, create fun clues for them to help them feel successful.

Take a Picture

Instead of, or along with, your child drawing a picture of the object, take their picture beside or close to what they have found.

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The beach scavenger hunt is the perfect activity for your trip to the beach.
Kids will love exploring the beach with this scavenger hunt for kids.
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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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