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