Do your kids love rainy days? When it’s not pouring out, it’s a great time to get outside, jump in puddles and enjoy a themed scavenger hunt!

This outdoor activity for kids will entertain preschoolers and older kids alike! Print out your hunt list and get outside!

– Life Over C's Rainy Day Printable Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Recommended Grade Level:

Rainy Day Scavenger Hunt Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Crayons, markers, colored pencils
  • Laminating Pouch or Dry-erase Pocket

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

When it’s raining kids are naturally drawn to the outdoors. They just want to get out there and splash in puddles and get wet! Why not turn their natural enthusiasm into a fun learning experience?

Scavenger hunt lists are an easy way to incorporate learning into a walk or backyard playtime.

This rainy day list has things for kids to find unique to rainy days like people with umbrellas, worms and puddles. Maybe you will get lucky and spot a rainbow!

– Life Over C's Color printable rainy day scavenger hunt.

Fun Scavenger Hunt Ideas!

  • Nature doesn’t stay the same, every time you do a nature scavenger hunt there are new treasures to find!
  • Discuss how a rainy day hunt will be different than other nature walks. What differences will there be?
  • You can give scavenger hunt clues to help children work on their comprehension and observational skills.
– Life Over C's What Makes It Rain book with a printable rainy day scavenger hunt.

Why Do An Outdoor Scavenger Hunt with Kids?

Besides just taking a fun break outside, there are other reasons to enjoy a scavenger hunt with your kids.

Learning Science

You can use this experience to talk about weather, seasons, the water cycle, how rainbows are formed and more!

Hands-On Experiences

Getting outside and hands-on with their environment engages children’s senses and is an effective and powerful way to learn.

Add A Novel Experience

If rainy days get your child down, planning a rainy day hunt is a great way to get kids excited about the weather! They will be pumped and ready to go for the rest of the day!

Different Ways to Learn

Kids learn in all sorts of different ways. This experience will help those who naturally do best when outside in nature. Use this activity to work on their other subjects like writing and math!

Materials needed:

Don’t worry about making a special trip to the store. You can get all the supplies for this activity right here.

  • Paper
  • Crayons, markers, colored pencils
  • Laminating Pouch or Dry-erase Pocket
– Life Over C's Scavenger hunt for kids on a rainy day.

How To Use The Free Scavenger Hunt Printable

Simply print out the appropriate list for your child. Decide if your child should cross off, draw, or color items in as they find them.

You can insert this printable into a dry-erase pocket to use the list over and over.

Set up a backyard scavenger hunt or go for a walk around the neighborhood to search for all the items on the list.

– Life Over C's Black and white printable rainy day scavenger hunt.

Extend the Activity:

Team Building

Kids may need help from others to find everything. Can they work together splashing in puddles to cross off that box?

Write A Story

Use the child’s findings to write a rainy day story! Or practice writing sentences about each thing on the list.

Set Up A Photo Scavenger Hunt

Take some rainy day pictures and use them to create your own version of an I Spy game.

– Life Over C's Rainy day themed printable scavenger hunt.
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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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