Free Printable Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Published: June 28, 2023 · Updated: April 21, 2024 by Sacha

Looking for a fun outdoor activity to do with your kids? This printable nature scavenger hunt is perfect for the whole family, and it’s a great way to encourage kids to get some fresh air! Print out this free checklist and use it to turn your next walk around the neighbourhood into a fun little adventure.

Mockup of nature scavenger hunt printable with pictures.

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I don’t know about you, but in my house, the kids tend to be much happier and better behaved when they’ve had the chance to spend some time outdoors. My five-year-old loves to dig in the dirt and add water to create mud, and all of our kids will spend hours looking for the tiny wild strawberries that grow in our lawn.

If your kids also love spending time outdoors, and you’re looking for a quick activity to do with them, this simple nature scavenger hunt printable is a great way to do that! And you won’t need to go far—most (if not all) of the items on the list can be found on at your local park, or even in your own backyard.

Grab the free download below and pull it out the next time you go for a walk as a family!

Related: Free Printable Camping Scavenger Hunt

Mockup of nature scavenger hunt printable with pictures.

Who Is This Activity For?

Because the printable includes both text labels and images, older kids can read the words, while younger kids can simply look at the pictures and match them to what they’re seeing. This makes this activity perfect for kids of all ages.

How to Print This Activity

Once you have downloaded this printable to your computer, print it on US Letter-sized paper (8.5 x 11 inches) and you’ll be good to go! You can also print it on A4 paper, but you’ll need to double-check the “Scale to Fit” setting of your printer to make sure that none of the printable area gets cut off.

Note: Because you’ll be taking this printable on walks, I recommend that you laminate it using a thermal laminator or self-laminating sheets. (You can also place it in a dry erase pocket.) This will make it more durable and will allow you to reuse it multiple times. If you can’t laminate the printable, try printing it on cardstock, which is thicker than regular printer paper and won’t tear as easily.

How to Use This Printable

After you have printed out the scavenger hunt, take it with you on your next walk and check off each item on the list as you encounter it. If you laminated it, you’ll be able to wipe it clean after you’re done and save it for next time.

Download Your Free Nature Scavenger Hunt List

To download this free scavenger hunt, click the download link below the image (no sign-up required):

Nature scavenger hunt with pictures.


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Benefits of Outdoor Play for Kids

Outdoor play has SO many benefits for kids. Not only does it allow them to develop several important skills like risk management, autonomy and physical strength, but it also promotes mental well-being.

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