Scavenger hunts activity

Scavenger hunts help your Early Years child develop their listening and understanding skills. This activity is fun for all ages.

Scavenger hunts

Scavenger hunts are part of our fun activities for Early Years.

They’re easy to make up and the whole family can join in.

Give children a list of things to find and bring back to you. 

Tiny tots may like something to put their items in, like a bucket.

Older children might want to time how quickly they can find all the items.

You can do these indoors and outdoors.

Household items for children to find

  1. Something to brush my hair
  2. Something I wear on my head
  3. Something blue
  4. Something cuddly
  5. Something I can read
  6. Something shiny

Top Tip: theme your scavenger hunts

(Texture) Find me something, squashy, hard, smooth, rough 

(Number) Find me 4 books, 2 pairs of socks, 3 toys 

(Clothes) Find me something to wear on my head, feet, hands 

(Colours of the rainbow) Find something, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet

Take it outside

We’re going on a nature hunt. 

Combine an outdoor scavenger hunt while you’re are out on a walk together.

Collect things in a bucket or bag. Or just spot things in the environment.

Take it outside

Natural Thinkers nature hunt

Try this nature hunt with your young child – created by our Natural Thinkers team.

It's a fun way of connecting with nature.


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Scavenger hunts
Scavenger hunts
Scavenger hunts

What is my child learning?

  • Personal, social and emotional development: enjoying playing games, developing interest in new activities. 
  • Communication and language: learning new words, developing listening skills and understanding, following instructions.
  • Maths: developing counting skills.
What is my child learning?

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