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Scavenger Hunts for Preschoolers


If you work in a daycare facility or you are planning a birthday party for your little one, you might be looking for creative ways to keep preschoolers entertained. It is important to keep your children as active as possible while they are young so that they can learn about the world around them and learn how to socialize in the process. One way to encourage learning and socialization is to plan a scavenger hunt that is age appropriate. As you may know from experience, preschoolers love searching for things just as much as they love feeling like they are part of a team. Consider the following tips on planning scavenger hunts for preschoolers so that your activity goes off without a hitch.

Outdoor Scavenger Hunts for Preschoolers

If you are ready to take the children outside to experience the world around them, you might want to plan an outdoor scavenger hunt. Make sure you split your larger groups into teams and have an adult on each team. You can create a list of items for the kids to search for that can be found in nature. Make sure the list is age appropriate and do not put the clues in a riddle format. You might want to ask the children to find items that are smooth, prickly, blue, or pretty. This allows the child to use their imagination and gives them an opportunity to explain their choices.

Consider Using Picture Clues

Preschoolers are just starting to learn how to associate pictures with their corresponding words. Picture clues will build confidence in early readers and using these clues will help make it so that your preschoolers can be more involved in all aspects of the scavenger hunt. Draw the location on one side of the clue and consider going with a Blue's Clues theme and stamping a puppy paw print on the other side. You can also look for printable pictures online that can be used for outdoor nature scavenger hunts.

Indoor Activities When the Weather Does Not Permit

If you are planning a scavenger hunt during the fall or the winter, you might not be able to hold the scavenger hunt outside. This is a great time to have an indoor activity that will keep your kids engaged without letting them sit in front of the television. You can get a bit more creative with items when you are planning a scavenger hunt in your own home. After all, you know what you have and your children are familiar with all of the things they own. If you are not sure what items you should include in the list, here are some very basic clues that you can expand on:

  • Something shaped like a square.
  • A picture of you as a baby.
  • A book with Clifford as the main character.
  • Something that smells good.
  • Something that is very loud.

As you can see, the sky is the limit. You might even want to include some chores in the list for bonus points. Why not have fun and clean at the same time?

It is important to encourage creative in your home or your preschool. If you are looking for fun things to plan, scavenger hunts for preschoolers are a great idea. Make a great list and enjoy watching your little ones hunt.