103+ Ideas to Get Kids Started On a Fun Photo Scavenger Hunt

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Looking for something that can rival a Smartphone on the Things That Can Hold Any Kid’s Attention for a Heck-of-a Long Time list? Set a kid on a mission to find some cool things, and they’ll drop whatever else they’re doing and zone in on the task at hand.

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You know how, when they’re complaining they’re tired 30 seconds into a family walk, it works when you say: “See if you can find three different kinds of leaves and a twig shaped like a letter!” ?

Or when they’re getting too exploratory in the germy doctor’s office waiting room and you say, “Can you spot one thing in each color of the rainbow without leaving your seat?”

Photo scavenger hunts are even better.

Why? Because being allowed to play with your Smartphone (or camera) + finding stuff = your kid’s best day ever. Plus, the possibilities are endless. They can’t bring a bird or a cloud home with them, but with a camera in hand; if they can see it, they can capture it.

When the weather is nice, an outdoor photo scavenger hunt will get your kids to go (and stay) outside, soak up some sun and breathe in some fresh air.

Here are some lists to get you started. Kids can try to find everything on their list in one outing, or create a “scavenger hunt” album on your Smartphone or computer and add a photo to it each time a new item is found.

We’ve created one for nearly every outdoor spot in almost any kind of climate. So no matter where you live or where you’re going, your kids will be looking at the same old places in a whole new way. (Without uttering a single “I’m bored.”)

Park or Playground

  • Dog
  • Something that flies
  • Something that crawls
  • Leaf
  • Green grass
  • Woodchips
  • People who love each other
  • Flower
  • Pebble or stone
  • Picnic basket or picnic blanket
  • Bench
  • Trash can
  • Ball
  • Sand
  • Clouds
  • Something you read (a sign, newspaper, book, etc.)
  • Something you can eat
  • Something you think is beautiful

Grassy Yard

  • Spider web
  • Something that crawls
  • Something that flies
  • Bird’s nest
  • Twig shaped like a letter
  • Acorn or nut
  • Two kinds of leaves
  • Cloud
  • 2 kinds of flowers
  • Weeds
  • Something you can eat (Don’t eat it unless a grown-up okays it!)
  • Something that has a lock on it (a gate or door)
  • Fence
  • Something that doesn’t belong there
  • Your favorite thing to play with
  • Something you or a parent made or built
  • Something shaped like a heart
  • Something you think is beautiful

Wooded Yard or Hiking Trail

  • Acorn or nut
  • Pinecone
  • Pine needles
  • 4 kinds of leaves
  • 3 kinds of tree bark
  • Flower
  • Dirt or sand
  • Animal print or track
  • Something that crawls
  • Something that flies
  • Bird’s nest
  • Twig shaped like a letter
  • Spider web
  • Wildflower
  • Frog
  • Something you think is beautiful

Arid Yard

  • 2 different colored stones
  • Something that crawls
  • Something that flies
  • Spider web
  • Something green
  • Something in a bright color
  • Sand or dirt
  • Something spiky
  • Something you water
  • Cloud
  • Sun
  • Flower
  • Something you or a parent made or built
  • Something you like to play with
  • Something you think is beautiful

City Street

  • Fire hydrant
  • People holding hands
  • Someone wearing a hat
  • Sign with a picture of food on it
  • Sign with a number on it
  • All the letters of your name
  • Crack in the sidewalk
  • Red brick
  • Flower
  • Tree
  • Cloud
  • Something that’s your favorite color
  • Dog
  • Shopping bag
  • Someone wearing a uniform
  • Bench or chair
  • Public transportation (a bus, subway or train)
  • Person eating outside
  • Something you think is beautiful

Beach

  • 4 different kind of shells
  • Piece of sea glass
  • Something that flies
  • Hermit crab
  • 2 different colored stones
  • 2 different colored sand pails
  • Boogie board
  • Airplane
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach bag
  • Something that’s partially buried in the sand
  • Tall sandcastle
  • Small sandcastle
  • Flower
  • Lifeguard
  • Boat - Something in your favorite color
  • Something you think is beautiful

 

 

Karissa O'Reilly is a freelance writer and work-from-home mom. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, two children, and two dogs.


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