Looking for scavenger hunt ideas? We got your back.
There are 2 types of party games that every party needs to keep the excitement levels up – scavenger hunts and treasure hunts. Though both involve finding hidden things, there is a big difference between the two.
A scavenger hunt starts with a list of things to find and a set time for finding them. There are no clues given to help the players find the items. They have to scavenge for them.
A treasure hunt has no time limit and the players are given clues to help them find the hidden treasure.
We understand you are more interested in the scavenger hunt, so we’ve prepared the ultimate list of scavenger hunt ideas for your next party (or just a great family afternoon).
Scavenger Hunt Ideas
Hide some items all around your backyard and give the players a list of the things to find. This can be played as an individual or team game. To spice things up, make a different list for each player or team but include one item common to both. Make the common item especially difficult to find. We hope your backyard is large enough to harbor several players for the best experience.
This is a variation of the backyard scavenger hunt. The only twist is that the hunting ground is now extended to part of the neighborhood or the entire neighborhood. It is especially good if all the kids in the neighborhood participate. Be sure to inform all the stakeholders in your neighborhood about your planned game. This type of scavenger hunt can get wild since the game area is huge! You’ll have a lot of fun.
Make a list of nature-related things for the players to find or see. Extra points for finding particular colors, e.g. a red flower. This is a great way to get children to explore nature and learn about the natural things around them while having a great time. A great opportunity to teach your loved ones.
Have the players find things associated with the five senses. Be sure to be specific so as to avoid the kids touching or tasting what they shouldn’t. For example, they can look for a sour lemon, a soft teddy, or a loud drum. Make sure there is ample supervision for this game. It can easily get out of hand.
This is especially fun at family gatherings. Hide old photos of family members and have the players find and match them to their current faces. This should be a lot of fun for the whole family. We can’t help but feel bad for our grandmothers and fathers, as they probably look different than when their best pictures were taken. You can make up for this by inviting them to the game, though!
Have the players find wild animals. No, not in the jungle. Get a packet of miniature plastic wild animals and hide them for the players to find. You can also use pictures in place of the plastic toys. A very immersive scavenger hunt variation, since you can roam the woods behind your house and pretend you’re stuck in the Jurassic.
Outdoor Motor Sensory
Players can look for something that is related to their motor senses. For example, they can find something to climb over or under, something to swing on, or something to balance on their heads. Though most of these can be found naturally, you might have to improvise or create some for yourself – like a rope tied to a branch in the case of something to swing on. Take care though – branches can snap. Be careful!
In this variation of a scavenger hunt, players have to scavenge for a list of green things. Make a list of green socks, green cups, green hats, green leaf, or anything you have on hand that is green. You can adapt this one to suit whatever holiday is approaching or being celebrated.
Solve the Riddle
This is an interesting variation of the scavenger hunt that is suitable for all ages but can be more interesting for older kids or adults. Instead of the ordinary list of things to find or do, players have to solve a riddle whose answer is the object they are to hunt for. We hope your players are intelligent if you’re going to pick this, though, as it can stress some people out.
Create a list of baking ingredients and have the players find them. Once they’ve found everything on the list, go ahead and bake a cake (or something else simple). A superb game that brings everyone together after a bout of intense competition! Is there anything better than proper sportsmanship after a hard-won game?
You will need a lot of costumes for this one depending on the number of players. If not, have the children work in groups. Create a list of the components of an entire costume for each team and have them look for them. For example, one team can look for pieces of a pirate costume. To win the game, players must not only find the entire costume, but they should also dress one of their team members up in the costume.
At the Beach
You don’t really have to go to the beach for this one but a few props can make it more interesting. Create a list of things that can be found at the beach and have players find pictures of them. If you have some actual beach stuff like shells or a beach towel, you can throw them into the mix.
Want to feel like a detective? Looking forward to a cryptic day with a happy ending? If you feel like really spicing up your scavenger hunt, then write a super-secret message on a piece of paper, which is ideally something nice and wholesome, and rip it to pieces. Then, scatter the pieces throughout your play area, and have the players find them so that they can put the message back together.
Just how colorful can you get? Set up a list of colors needed to be gathered and let your players go wild by trying to find items that match them! Let’s say you pick purple, yellow, and gray – the players each have to find an item that is of that color. One of our favorite scavenger hunt variants.
No better way to show how vibrant and knowledgeable you are than by picking the most beautifully shaped and colorful leaves to present them for a scavenger hunt.
The Hunt is On
A scavenger hunt is one of the simplest, cheapest, and most exciting party games you can include in your repertoire of party game ideas. All you need is a bit of creativity. Use whatever you have on hand and let the hunt begin! We know you’ll be having a lot of fun. Wish you all the best!
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