5 Tips for a Spontaneous Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Preschoolers get bored easily. You’re waiting for the doctor, chatting with a friend, or enjoying the beautiful weather outside. And your little one is begging you to go home. Instead of getting frustrated, try sending your child on a spontaneous scavenger hunt!

With these five tips, you will have fun creating a spontaneous scavenger hunt for kids no matter where you are! Try them today.

Spontaneous Scavenger Hunt


Send your child searching for a specific number of an item. Have your kid search for 5 pretty pebbles, 4 flowers, or 3 pine cones when you’re out of doors.

Sitting in an office is a little harder but still doable. See if your child can find 3 picture books, 4 letter M’s, or 5 pictures of flowers.

The item doesn’t matter as much as sending your child for a specific number of things.


Scavenger hunts don’t need you searching for a specific number of items. You can change the requirements as needed. So instead of sending your child for 5 pine cones, try sending your child searching for something brown.

Improve their observation skills by having your kids search for something yellow, something green, or something blue.

Don’t forget to use the less common words for colors to increase your preschooler’s vocabulary. Try words such as emerald, teal, or violet.


Remember to send your child to search for objects by size as well as color or number. Search for a bigger stick, a smaller rock, or a tiny snail.

You could also use words such as gigantic, minuscule, or medium to use as well.

Be prepared to define words for your preschooler as needed. The goal is to increase your child’s vocabulary through the scavenger hunt while you wait.


Another descriptive method for describing objects is by texture. Use the scavenger hunt to send your child looking for something slimy, scaly, or soft.

Don’t be surprised if they come back with a slug, pine cone, or dandy lion fluff.

Kids can be quite inventive when they choose!


As kids become adept at finding singular descriptions such as 3 pine cones or 2 rocks, try combining the adjectives.

Send your child searching for something small, soft, and white. Try the combinations of something gigantic, teal, and spiky.

At this point, you’re not just improving your child’s vocabulary with these descriptions. You’re also improving your kid’s memory and imagination. Your preschooler has to remember the description you gave in addition to figuring out what fits that description.

A spontaneous scavenger hunt will keep your child entertained for quite some time while improving their vocabulary, imagination, and memory.

Do you enjoy spontaneous scavenger hunts with your preschoolers?

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