Free Printable Zoo Scavenger Hunt for Kids

There’s something about a treasure hunt that instantly piques the interest of kids. Whether it’s an Easter egg hunt or a game of “I Spy,” kids are intrigued. Is it the thrill of the search? The excitement of finding the thing you search for? The wonder of the unknown? I don’t know, but even older kids love a themed scavenger hunt!

The Free Printable Zoo Scavenger Hunt for Kids is the perfect companion for a trip to the zoo. Or, use it as a rainy day indoor scavenger hunt adventure!

Zoo theme printable scavenger hunt for kids to use with zoo theme books or a zoo field trip

Learning About Observational Skills:

scavenger hunt ideas FOR KIDS

GOING ON A SCAVENGER HUNT CAN BOOST CHILDREN’S OBSERVATIONAL SKILLS AND HELP THEM RECOGNIZE HOW TO USE THEIR SENSES.

When your child is looking for specific items on the list they will have to classify objects by color, size, shape, and even texture.

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 indoors or out, at the zoo or not.

The ten items on the zoo scavenger hunt list include kangaroo, giraffe, koala, elephant, lion, seal, alligator, tiger, hippo, and zebra.

As students sharpen their observational skills, use the easy scavenger hunt for kids to encourage deeper thinking:

  • What animal was the easiest to find?
  • What animal was the hardest to find?
  • What did you see/smell/hear/taste/touch that was not on the sheet?
  • How many animals did you see altogether?
Zoo scavenger hunt printable for kids to use with an animal theme book

What Can Preschoolers Learn From The Zoo Scavenger Hunt?

ZOO SCAVENGER HUNT PRINTABLE

THE OUTDOOR SCAVENGER HUNT IS A GREAT WAY TO ENGAGE STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE ZOO FIELD TRIP.

  • Can you name the first sound of each animal?
  • Show me how a hippo/giraffe/etc. moves.
  • Are some of the animals the same/different? How?
  • What animals were not at the zoo?
Free Printable Zoo Themed Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids
Black and white easy print version of zoo scavenger hunt for kids

How To Use This Free Zoo Hunt Printable:

printable scavenger hunt

The free printable scavenger hunt comes in several convenient options. You can give your students a colored or black-and-white copy of pictures of all the animals to find.

Or, you can provide them with animal names and blank boxes for them to draw each animal as it is found. This option also comes in color or black-and-white.

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

Bring clipboards or something hard to set the paper on to help make it easier for students to write/draw.

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.

If you’re not actually going to the zoo, you can still stage a scavenger hunt! Use pictures of zoo animals, or any toys/stuffies you might have around.

Other Ways To Use Printable Zoo Scavenger Hunt:

Create a Clue

Help students by providing clues, like, “The animal is past the elephants, but if you see monkeys you’ve gone too far.”

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.

Animal Sensory Bin

Print the colored page with animal pictures. Hide them in the sensory bin for a fun mini scavenger hunt right in the classroom.

Our Favorite Zoo Theme Books for Kids:

We can’t live without these!

Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:

More from our Shop

Find even more engaging activities in the Life Over C’s shop!

Free printable zoo scavenger hunt for kids to use on a a zoo field
join the newsletter & Get your free activity

Enter your email to

get your activity now!

Already a subscriber? No worries. Just enter your email here to have the activity sent directly to your inbox.
text saying [want more activities? Click to try these!]

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.