Get ready for the ultimate Back-to-School adventure with this Back-to-School scavenger printable for kids! Kids will love this fun-filled hunt for school-related items while igniting their curiosity and preparing them for the new school year.
Back to School Scavenger Hunt Printable
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This scavenger hunt has items including scissors, a pencil, glue, a crayon, books, glue, a notebook, and an apple.
I’ve designed this free printable scavenger hunt with your little ones in mind, combining fun, education, and excitement all in one activity. All you have to do is print it out and then give it to the kids.
There are 2 different scavenger hunt lists, both of which are printable pdfs that you can print out as much as you need to. One is a photo version for the younger kids and the other is a list version for the older kids.
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How to use this Scavenger Hunt printable
If you are looking for something fun for the kids to do at the beginning of the school year to get them motivated about being in a new classroom this school supply scavenger hunt is perfect.
After downloading the printable using the form at the bottom of this post you can print out the scavenger hunt with as many copies as you need.
As they find the items have them take a photo of the item or pick up the different items to collect it and then check off the item on the list using a pen, crayon, marker, or pencil.
How to Use this printable in a classroom
This simple scavenger hunt is a great activity to do with kids during the first week of school. It is an activity that the whole class can get involved in and the kids will look for school items that you will traditionally find in a classroom.
Have the kids complete it individually. Print out a copy for each kid to complete on their own. You can make it a competition to see which kid completes it first.
Have kids complete as a group. At the start of the school year getting kids in the classroom to mingle and meet new friends can be difficult. Putting students into groups to complete this classroom scavenger hunt and work on teamwork with their new classmates for a classroom bonding activity.
Make it a competition. Alternatively, if you prefer a competitive twist with teams, print out a separate copy of the scavenger hunt for each team. Upon starting, instruct the teams to locate and retrieve the items listed, ensuring they return to have them crossed off or capture a photo for verification later.
Fun Ways to Change Things Up
Scavenger hunts are great because there are so many ways to use them. Kids can do them alone or as a group. Work as teams in a competition or just as a group activity. Here are some other fun ideas.
- Set a timer and see who can complete the scavenger hunt the fastest.
- Use the scavenger hunt as a fun icebreaker activity on the first day of school.
- Have older kids create clues for younger kids to follow during the scavenger hunt.
- Turn the scavenger hunt into a sensory experience by blindfolding participants and having them rely on touch and other senses to find the items.
- Use the scavenger hunt as an opportunity to teach kids about organization and sorting skills.
- Hide the items in different locations each time you play to keep the scavenger hunt fresh and exciting.
- Create additional challenges, such as solving riddles or puzzles, to unlock hints for finding the items.
- Celebrate the completion of the scavenger hunt with a small prize or reward for everyone involved.
What are the benefits of Scavenger hunts for kids?
Scavenger hunts are a fun and educational activity for kids that offer a wide range of benefits for their development. Here are some reasons why scavenger hunts are good for kids:
- Problem-Solving Skills. Scavenger hunts require children to think critically and solve clues or riddles to find hidden objects. This promotes problem-solving skills and encourages them to use their brains in creative ways.
- Teamwork. Many scavenger hunts are done in groups, fostering teamwork and collaboration among children. They learn how to communicate, share ideas, and work together to achieve a common goal.
- Observation Skills. Kids develop their observation skills as they carefully examine their surroundings to find clues or items. They become more aware of details and learn to pay attention to their environment.
- Creativity. Creating scavenger hunt lists or clues encourages kids to use their creativity and imagination. They can design their own challenges and think outside the box.
- Time Management. Scavenger hunts often have a time limit. This teaches kids how to manage their time effectively and prioritize tasks to complete the hunt within the given timeframe.
- Social Interaction. Scavenger hunts provide opportunities for social interaction. This helps kids develop their social skills by talking to others, sharing ideas, and working together.
- Fun and Engagement. Most importantly, scavenger hunts are incredibly enjoyable for children. They offer a break from routine activities and screen time. This allows kids to have fun in a more active and interactive way.
- Adaptability. Scavenger hunts can be tailored to various age groups, making them a versatile activity suitable for different stages of childhood development. This school treasure hunt can be used in preschool classrooms, an upper and lower elementary classroom, and on the playground for a homeschool group of kids.
How to Print this Printable
Fill out the form below and then you will get an email with the Back to School Scavenger Hunt printable in it. Then you will be able to download the pdf files for the worksheets.
Once you have downloaded it, it will be saved to your computer. You will be able to print the word search over and over again, as many times as you like, as long as it is for personal use.