Don’t you just love when the weather changes and you can see spring just around the corner? As the weather warms up maybe you start to plan some fun nature activities for your kids.

There is tons kids can learn when you incorporate outdoor activities into their learning.

We’ve created this easy scavenger hunt for kids! So get your kids outdoors on a nature walk looking for bugs, pine cones, flowers and more!

Picture based nature scavenger hunt for kids free printable

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Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Supplies:

  • Copy of the scavenger hunt printable
  • Writing and/or coloring materials
  • Clipboard (optional)

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids


A nature walk scavenger hunt for kids:

  • lets kids practice their skills of observation
  • teach children about their local wildlife
  • is a fun and calming way to incorporate science

Nature Themed Activities for Kids


  • Kids will love touching and observing natural items to learn about their environment
  • It will feel like a treasure hunt, trying to check off all items on the list!
Fun free printable nature scavenger hunt for kids outdoor activity

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids

A scavenger hunt is a great chance for children to work on their observation skills. They will need to carefully observe the natural materials around them to find all the items on their list.

Critical Thinking Skills

Have children come up with ideas for any things they can’t find. Why they can’t be found in this area and where might they be able to be found?

Learn More About Their Home

An outside scavenger hunt for kids can teach them so much about the plants and animals in their neighborhood.

Reduce Stress & Anxiety

Getting outside helps lower kids stress levels and gets them ready and refreshed for the rest of their day.

Getting Hands-On

Anytime you are teaching science, finding things that children can touch and manipulate helps retention and becomes high interest!

Materials needed for the Printable Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids:

  • Copy of the scavenger hunt printable
  • Writing and/or coloring materials
  • Clipboard (optional)

Black and white easy printable nature scavenger hunt list for kids

How To Use Free Printable Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Print out the nature scavenger hunt sheet for your child.

Can they draw a picture of their findings? Cross off as they complete the list? Or will coloring the items be a better fit? You decide!

Grab something to write or color with and set off outside!

That’s it! Super easy and kids will have tons of fun trying to find everything on their list.

Other Ways to Use the Printable Nature Scavenger Hunt List for Kids:

Do A Nature Craft

Gather some natural materials and use them to make a beautiful collage!

Make Their Own List

Did your child find anything exciting that wasn’t on the printable? Have them make their own scavenger hunt list!

Make A Map

As children find the items on their list, they can draw a map of where they found each item.

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

Free printable fun scavenger hunt ideas for kids with two versions of a natured scavenger hunt for kids: scavenger hunt with pictures and scavenger hunt with words
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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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