These free nature scavenger hunt printables are great for keeping the kids active! We love spending as much time outside as we can. With spring well on its way, I wanted to share these scavenger hunt activities with you guys today. If you are looking for even more ideas I have shared this Nature Scavenger Hunt Ideas round up in the past. This is such a fun and easy way to keep the kids busy in the fresh air for a little while.
Nature Scavenger Hunt Printables:
As a children’s program coordinator, I used scavenger hunts all the time in my activity planning. They can be useful in pairing up older children with younger children to work on together or using as an individual activity. I am sharing two versions of a nature scavenger hunt that you can easily print out for the kids. One is a checklist and meant for older, school aged kids. The other is a scavenger hunt that uses nature photos and would be better suited to children in preschool.
Have the kids simply find each item and check it off of the list or collect items in a container to bring inside and examine more closely. I love these plastic storage containers (affiliate link) for our nature collections but empty egg cartons work great too!
More scavenger hunt ideas:
- different colours
- soft or hard textures
- variety of sizes
- number of birds or animals
- signs of humans
The ideas are almost endless! We often use these scavenger hunts when we’re out camping. It’s the perfect boredom buster activity when out in the woods. The boys bring their discoveries back to camp and we explore and discuss what they found. Sometimes we make it a competition to see who can find all of the items the quickest. Complete with prizes!
What else would you have on your Nature Scavenger Hunt list?
Print out the checklist for older children or the nature photos for preschoolers:
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HI Heather Thanks so much for these fun ideas. I’m trying to print them so my grandkids and do the scavenger hunt and while the Nature checklist print perfectly the Nature PHOTO list is so huge that only a section of the image prints. I’m not sure what to do to make it work. Its for a toddler who can’t read so it would be really handy to have the photo version. Is there something I’m doing wrong when printing it? Thanks!
Darn! I am not sure why that would be happening as they are saved and uploaded as the same kind of document. I will take a look and will post an update here if I find one :)
When printing try to find the “fit to page” option and make sure that it is selected. That should do the trick :)