We all know that sometimes our kiddos will complain that, “school is boring!” Most children prefer moving around, playing games, and interacting with their friends. Some children may also feel apprehensive about going to school and familiarizing themselves with the ins and outs of the classroom. This back to school scavenger hunt can be the perfect fix for extinguishing the boring and supporting the apprehensive. What a great way to also show your kiddos around the classroom and help them locate supplies they will need throughout the day.

Free printable scavenger hunt for kids to do on the first day of school.

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Materials for the Back to School Printable Scavenger Hunt

  • Paper
  • Writing Utensils

How to Improve Observational Skills with a Scavenger Hunt for Kids



When your child is looking for specific items on the list they will have to classify objects by colors, sizes, shapes and even textures. They will also have to determine which location of the room the item could potentially be found.

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 activity can be completed in the classroom, a room primarily used for home schooling, or even in an art or music room. This back to school scavenger hunt for students can potentially be used anywhere throughout a school building, daycare center, or room in your home.

The school scavenger hunt items that are included in this printable are: notebook, headphones, bears, paper, pointer, glue, ruler, book, globe, eraser, pencil, shapes, dice, markers, and a sharpener.

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

  • 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?
  • How could we use the shapes or bears?
Fun printable scavenger hunt for kids to do on the first day of school.

How to Use a Scavenger Hunt for Kids to Learn



  • Which items would you need for writing?
  • Which words have a ‘e’ in them?
  • What items could you find at your house?
  • Can you think of other words that start with ‘S’ like in school?
The easy printable back to school scavenger hunt is also available in black and white.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Participate In Scavenger Hunts?

What kid is not curious about the world around them? Themed scavenger hunts give kids a chance to explore a new topic, the environment around them, build observational skills, participate in cooperative learning, and so much more! All while having fun!

Build Problem Solving Skills

Our children will use prior knowledge to investigate and problem solve where they think one of the school supplies may be hiding. For example, the shapes and bears could be found with the other math manipulatives.

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.

Active Learning

I have never met a kid that doesn’t love moving around and getting out of their chair. Your child will engage in 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.

This printable scavenger hunt is fun and easy for kids to do on the first day of school.

How To Use This Free School Scavenger Hunt Printable:

easy 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 for each child.

A clipboard or something hard to set the paper on could help with tears or tiny holes in their papers.

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 ( well… walk free ) and explore their surroundings, with proper supervision of course.

Other Ways To Use Printable School Supply Scavenger Hunt:

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.

Sorting Supplies

Have children cut out the pictures and sort them based on color, use, shape, or other attributes.

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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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