Autumn Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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by Rebecca Brown of Scavenger Hunt Guru.

October is upon us and fall is in the air.  The evenings are getting cooler and we are beginning to wake up to brisk mornings as well.  The leaves are beginning to change to reds and golds and the kids are getting restless.

What better way to enjoy the autumn colors than to take your children outside for a fall scavenger hunt!  Pack a picnic lunch.  Be sure to include a thermos of apple cider!  Head to the local park or nature trail and have fun watching your young ones explore this autumn season.

Autumn Scavenger Hunt

autumn scavenger hunt

Here is a list of scavenger hunt clues to take along. (Printable Version Here.)

*  Find a large red leaf.

*  Find the smallest yellow leaf that you can find.

*  Find an animal sign…a track, a feather, a bone, etc.  What animal was here?

*  Look for an old bird’s nest.

*  Find some rough bark.

*  Find some smooth bark.

*  Find 2 different grasses.  How are they different?

*  Find a smooth pebble that fits in the palm of your hand.  Take it home and paint it with fall colors.

*  Listen for the sound of birds.  How many different birds to you hear?

*  Is it windy?  Close your eyes and feel the wind on your face.

*  Can you find a flower?  What color is it?

*  What is the most beautiful thing that you can find?

When your kids are done with this scavenger hunt, take a walk through the park or on the nature trail and have them point out signs of fall, animal signs, and other interesting things they find along the way.  Wrap a piece of masking tape sticky side out around their wrist and help them make a fall nature bracelet.  Stick leaves and other bits of nature right onto the tape!

autumn scavenger hunt

When you’re done, have your picnic, sip on some hot cider and enjoy the colors of fall with your little one.

You can find more scavenger hunts for kids at There is also a great collection of nature scavenger hunt ideas as well.

Have a wonderful autumn season exploring the great outdoors with your little ones!

Melissa’s Note: Thanks, Rebecca, for this fun fall activity. We are going to do this today!

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6 Responses

  1. Thanks for introducing me to the Scavenger Hunt Guru. Would love to go outside and do this, but it’s raining today and will most likely be that way all weekend.

  2. Love this idea – an it doesn’t cost a dime!

  3. Thank you for sharing such a great scavenger hunt, Rebecca! We love The Scavenger Hunt Guru at our house! 🙂 Ariella

  4. Thanks for that! I’m going to keep my son’s hunt focused on leaves (he is in kindergarten) and have a book handy on the different kinds of leaves/different kinds of trees. That way we can work in a little science and nature education! Thanks again.

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