You’ve got to try these preschool scavenger hunts – they’re terrific!
I love good preschool scavenger hunts.
My boys are fully invested, and I get to watch on the sidelines with my hot tea. It’s that late morning learning through play we all crave.
But this collection of scavenger hunts is even better than that. These ideas have us finding Paw Patrol Pups, nighttime treasure hunts, and even walking our neighborhoods searching for lucky finds.
This is the group of scavenger hunts you are looking for!
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Why are scavenger hunts so good for preschoolers?
The freedom and exploration of a scavenger hunt take the skills we’d like our toddlers and preschoolers to explore and put the learning in thier hands.
The thrill of seeking, finding, and crossing off the list is real! – This is a lot like me when I finally remember to put the grocery list in my bag, and I cross each item as it’s tossed in the cart—such a satisfying feeling.
When a child learns by doing, the child remembers.
Scavenger hunts are a way to help elevate learning colors, letters, numbers, and so much more.
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How do you make a scavenger hunt for preschoolers?
From using markers on paper to a quick and simple printout, these scavenger hunts will be ready for you in a jiffy.
I’ve collected a combination of ideas from friends that have created some really cool preschool scavenger hunts.
I divided the hunts into four categories:
- Color hunts
- Letters/numbers hunts
- Outdoor scavenger hunts
- Other – Really cool ideas that needed a category of thier own
Dive in, take a look around. I know you will find some terrific scavenger hunts for your preschoolers!
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Color scavenger hunts are some of my favorite ways to learn and recognize different color shades. Here are six simple and fun ways to hunt for colors. All ideas are in the same order as the image above.
- Musical Scavenger Hunt – Days with Grey
- Color Words Hunt – Days with Grey
- Treasure Map Color Hunt – Days with Grey
- Toddler Color Search and Find – Busy Toddler
- Rainbow Writing Scavenger Hunt – How Wee Learn
- Color Hunt Birthday Game – Made with Happy
Letter and Number Hunts
Letter and number hunts make a fantastic indoor activity for preschoolers. Here you will find the images in the same order as the scavenger hunt ideas listed below.
- Alphabet Find – Busy Toddler
- Letter Hunt Sensory Play – How Wee Learn
- Secret Message Hunt – School Time Snippets
- Name Hunt – How Wee Learn
- Object Collecting Alphabet Hunt – Raising Dragons
- Color Counting Hunt – Days with Grey
Find and Seek with Nature
- Nature Scavenger Hunt – Days with Grey
- Colors of Nature – Messy Little Monster
- Outdoor Color Hunt – Days with Grey
- Bug Scavenger Hunt – Messy Little Monster
- Sound Hunt – Toddler Approved
- Nature Scavenger Hunt with Checklist – Made with Happy
- Zoo Field Trip Hunt – 123 Homeschool 4 Me
- Winter Scavenger Hunt and Printout – Kiddy Charts
- The Backyard and Garden Hunt – Crafts on the Sea
More Scavenger Hunt Fun!
- Nighttime Treasure Scavenger Hunt – Happily Ever mom
- Fun Games to Play on Zoom – Meaningful Mama
- Litter Pick Up Hunt – Toddler Approved
- Paw Patrol Toy Hunt – Toddler Approved
- Neighborhood Walk Scavenger Hunts – Coffee and Carpool
- New Year’s Even Hunt – Toddler Approved
- Hidden Puzzle Hunt – Busy Toddler
- Stuffed Animal Hunt – Toddler Approved
- Multi-Language (Chinese, Korean, English) Hunts – Chalk Academy
- Easter Hunt – Toddler Approved
- Snowman Hunt – Toddler Approved
- Heart Color Hunt – Toddler Approved