Simple DIY Backyard Scavenger Hunt

I’ve always thought scavenger hunts were so much fun. It’s at the top of my list of favorite outdoor activities.

So, we picked a perfect day to go on that backyard scavenger hunt that I had been planning ever since I created our Fall Bucket List.

This was a day for simplicity. I didn’t want to on a hunt for the perfect scavenger hunt printable. I wanted something quick and fun so I grabbed a sheet of paper and created this simple DIY backyard scavenger hunt.

Keep it simple with this fun & easy DIY Backyard Scavenger Hunt Idea. Grab a sheet of paper and get ready to have some fun.

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Create your backyard scavenger hunt

I didn’t want this activity to be something that took a big effort, after all, it was supposed to be fun!

Before going out, I took a piece of notebook paper and wrote down specific attributes I wanted the girls to hunt for.

We were going to search for textures, colors, and even sizes.

I took a simple sheet of notebook paper and jotted down all the things were were looking for, leaving room to write down everything we found. I clipped it on a clipboard and were were ready to go.

Let’s go on our scavenger hunt!

We bundled up and went outside.

My oldest took off and started hunting. My youngest opted to play on our slide instead. (She just wasn’t interested in a scavenger hunt this time and that was okay.)

I was the recorder and the photographer. We had a lot of fun hunting and taking pictures of all our findings.

Keep it simple with this fun & easy DIY Backyard Scavenger Hunt Idea. Grab a sheet of paper and get ready to have some fun.

Here’s what we found!

Here are the attributes I included on our scavenger hunt. You can use these ideas or come up with your own things that are unique to your own backyard.

Hard: the wood on our play structure
Soft: our gloves
Green: some of the grass
Brown: our dog Charlie’s fur
Tiny: the rocks in the sand
Big: the climbing rope
Alive: the people
Prickly: the raspberry stems
Smooth: our skin

We had a lot of fun with this backyard scavenger hunt and it’s definitely something I would like to do more often. It was the perfect excuse to get outside and play on a blustery, cold day.

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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