Creative Outdoor Photo Scavenger Hunts for Kids

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By Megan Darmody

It’s no easy task to keep kids occupied. Particularly, if you’re on a long road trip or out camping with your family for a long period of time. Sometimes, you have to get creative and think out of the box.

A photo scavenger hunt is a great activity to keep the little ones busy and spark curiosity and wonder for their surroundings. Kids will be ecstatic to explore nature and be proud to check items off their list when they find them.

All you’ll need to get started with your photo scavenger hunts is a camera or smartphone, a pen or pencil, and the list of items. It’s super simple and fun for both kids and adults!

 

Scavenger Hunt Rules

  1. Choose a scavenger hunt location or theme
  2. Assign a judge or moderator
  3. Depending on how many people are playing, separate into teams. Be sure to pair a kid with an adult.
  4. Set boundaries and let each player know
  5. Set a timer for an hour

 

Photo Scavenger Hunt Themes

First and foremost, choose a location theme for your scavenger hunt! Are you camping in the middle of the forest? Or, are you having a beach day with the whole family? Your list of items will depend on where you’re located for the day. Check out these creative and adorable scavenger hunt printables by Shutterfly below to get started.

 

Nature Scavenger Hunt

This scavenger hunt theme is perfect for nature watching or camping. Have your little ones check off as many items as they can while enjoying the trees and sunshine. From funny shaped rocks to paw prints in the ground, they will be so excited to look high and low.

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Beach Scavenger Hunt

There’s so much to see at the beach and kids love spending time there. From the ocean to the sand, it’s a fun adventure for both kids and adults. A beach scavenger hunt works for any age. See who can spot a seagull or seashell first and check it off your list.

 

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Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

Hours on hours spent in the car can get pretty boring. Luckily, a road trip scavenger hunt is here to save the day. It’s a great learning opportunity for kids to learn different road signs and what they mean. Explore different modes of transportation like trains or motorcycles with this road trip scavenger hunt list.

 

 

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

You can have a unique adventure in your own backyard. Step outside or go on a walk with your little ones. Search for the nearest fire hydrant, mailbox, or butterfly then snap a photo and check it off your list. Your kids may discover something unique you hadn’t before in your own community!

 

 

Farmer’s Market Scavenger Hunt

Do you regularly shop at the farmer’s market for local produce? This is the perfect opportunity to have some fun with your kids. You can get fresh air walking around and teach your little ones about different fruits, roots, or vegetables. From strawberries to asparagus, you can instil a love for real wholesome food in your kids while playing a fun activity.

 

 

The good news is you can have a scavenger hunt pretty much anywhere. Add additional items to the list or come up with your own – feel free to get creative! Encourage your kids to explore and discover things they may not have known about before.

 

The final bonus of Photo Scavenger Hunts

Kids will not only enjoy a challenge but learn about the world around them. Photo scavenger hunts are great if you’re cooped up on a rainy day or as a simple activity while travelling to keep everyone entertained for hours. Find your favourite scavenger hunt category and get started.

When the photo scavenger hunts have finished for nature, then go ahead and try getting your kids into one of these great craft ideas.

 

Guest Author at

Megan's work role is as a Content Marketing Specialist, where she is most passionate about building relationships with clients, while creating and promoting unique content that drives their growth.

Outside of the office, you can find her obsessing over any dog she sees, hanging in her hammock, seeking out the next camping spot or consuming way too much coffee.

25 thoughts on “Creative Outdoor Photo Scavenger Hunts for Kids

  • May 22, 2019 at 5:49 pm
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    This looks so much fun! A perfect way to entertain kids without electronic gadgets. Thank you for sharing.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 5:54 pm
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    What great ideas!! We definitely have to add a couple scavenger huts to our summer bucket list!! I think my girls would have so much fun! I hope they don’t get too competitive though.

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  • May 15, 2019 at 12:29 pm
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    This looks like a very fun activity for kids. Even my teenage cousins will enjoy this game given a good prize haha!

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  • May 14, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Hey there! Really fun ideas! My friend actually just did a photo scavenger hunt for her bridal shower at a pier! It was so much fun! So versatile for all ages.

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  • May 13, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    You sure provided some great tips for photographing the young ones. I still don’t have any but I know how difficult it can be to photographs children. It takes some serious skill to make them look natural. Thank you for sharing these

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  • May 13, 2019 at 1:31 am
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    Omg I love all these ideas! Really loving the beach scavengers, definitely playing next week on my vacation! I find these games way more creative that staring at a screen all the time

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  • May 13, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    What a great idea! I wish I’ve known this when my son was younger, especially for the road trip! I’m sure the kids will get occupied with this, and their times spending outdoor will be more fun and adventurous! My husband did the same but different thing with trees in our yard. He put numbers on different trees, so when the Cub Scout went camping in the backyard they got to walk from tree #1 to tree #12 and learned about each of them.

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  • May 12, 2019 at 8:36 pm
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    Oh I loved this, such fab ideas. My kids love a scavenger hunt too, we love being outdoors so anything to do with nature is always a win for us!

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  • May 12, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    This sounds like an awesome idea and I am definitely going to try it with my nephews next time we go on a picnic.

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  • May 12, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    This is a neat idea. I have to try this my kids this week as we are learning about bugs.

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  • May 12, 2019 at 8:27 am
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    These are super cute printables. My gal is still a bit too young. We could use these ideas in a couple of years.
    You’re right. We could do a scavenger hunt literally anywhere. Nature scavenger hunt would be fun for adults too!

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  • May 12, 2019 at 3:25 am
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    That is such a brilliant idea! It also gives you an opportunity to click some amazing outdoor shots!

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  • May 12, 2019 at 2:49 am
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    Great tips for photographing the young ones. Children are always hard to photograph, so it takes some skill to keep them relaxed and looking natural. Like you say, the best thing is to make them forget they are being photographed.

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  • May 11, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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    I love these ideas. I am going to create one for the summer for my kids.

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  • May 11, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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    This is so cool. I sometimes babysit for my nephew and I will have to print out that Neighborhood Scavenger hunt. It would be a fun activity to do while I take him for a walk in the afternoon.

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  • May 11, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    This is such a great idea! I love that this gets kids outdoors and gets their creative juices flowing.

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  • May 11, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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    Oh how fun! I love this, saving for when my daughter gets older! The graphics are lovely by the way!

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  • May 11, 2019 at 2:22 pm
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    I must say that your printables look really cute. These are all great ideas which can easily be applied.

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  • May 11, 2019 at 6:39 am
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    These are some really awesome and amazing ideas to keep the kids busy. Moreover, it gives the kids an opportunity of learning in the open, on a practical basis. On the other note, hats off to your creative mind, and coming up with such amazing options for scavenger hunt.

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  • May 11, 2019 at 2:15 am
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    You come up with such amazing ideas. This is going to be so great with the kids. This is both entertaining and educational, and will also keep them engaged while traveling. Such a lovely idea!

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  • May 11, 2019 at 1:07 am
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    This is such a fun idea for kids. The printables are so cute!

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  • May 10, 2019 at 9:20 pm
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    Cool idea! Will have do this with my god daughter! Thanks for sharing!

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  • May 10, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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    What a fantastic idea! My “little one” is now grown up but this would been an entertaining and educational way to keep him and his friends occupied during camp outs and sleepovers. I will try these with my goddaughter!

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  • May 10, 2019 at 6:44 am
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    That was a really great post. Thanks for sharing the ideas. A great way to keep the kids away from that phone game while traveling!

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