Featured Activity: Outdoor Scavenger Hunts

Published on May 11, 2022 - Updated on May 11, 2022

Scavenger hunts are a great way to get kids outside without having to travel too far from home!

We love getting our kids outside as much as possible. When you don't have time to head out on a more complex adventure, outdoor scavenger hunts are a fun way to engage kids with nature in your own backyard or neighborhood. We created two outdoor scavenger hunts you can use! You can use the first one when you're heading out on a run or walk to keep the littles busy while riding in the stroller. The second one is great for a family hike or nature stroll around the block!

Click here for the printable version of the happyly Scavenger Hunts.

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We compiled an easy scavenger hunt for a stroller run in the blog post Running For Fun With Kids. As suggested, adding fun to your exercise regimen is a good building block for your children, and creating achievable goals to pursue along the way helps to motivate you to push further. Here are a few ideas to add to your personalized hunt.

  1. A Blue Car
  2. The Number 3
  3. A Yellow Dog
  4. A Flag
  5. A Flower
  6. An Animal Crossing Sign
  7. A Wild Animal
  8. A Street Sign WIth a Person’s Name
  9. A Pine Cone
  10. A Fence

Scavenger Hunt


This is a fun one to do as a family. We have lots of wooded areas around our neighborhood that we like to explore, but most of these items can be found anywhere outdoors!

  1. A Tree Stump or Fallen Tree
  2. An Ant
  3. A Squirrel
  4. A Colorful Bird
  5. A Hole in a Leaf
  6. A Worm
  7. A Wildflower
  8. A Caterpillar or Butterfly
  9. A Nest Up in a Tree
  10. The Perfect Sized Walking Stick

scavenger hunt

Other Ideas:

  • Rainbow: Collect nature treasures for every color of the rainbow. Think red leaves, dried-out orange pine needles, yellow dandelions, etc. You can even bring your treasures home and use them to create some art!
  • Varieties: See how many different types of leaves you can find. Or what about seeds (pinecones, acorns, helicopters, gumballs, etc)? Count how many types of critters you can find-- squirrels, spiders, birds, and bees.
  • Textures: Ask your kids to find items with different textures: something rough, smooth, round, wet, sticky, etc.
  • Beach Hunt: If you live near a beach, head over there and hunt for beach treasures such as shells, seaweed, driftwood, sea glass, and crabs!

Rainbow Scavenger Hunt

Do your kids enjoy scavenger hunts? If you've tried out one of our hunts, tag us in it on Instagram @gethappyly for a chance to be featured!

Is it a rainy day where you live? Check out this post on At Home Scavenger Hunts that you can do without leaving your house!

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Thoughtfully captured by:
Jessica Parrish
I am a Massachusetts native who grew up in the suburbs of Boston and on Cape Cod. As a military spouse I have lived all over the country from Florida to California, and several places in between. My family has now settled in Virginia where I am a stay-at-home mom to two awesome girls. I love to explore and hike National and State Parks, and spend tons of time at the beach with my kids, splashing in the waves in the summer and searching for shells and seaglass in the winter. I also love running, yoga and cooking!
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