Preschool Scavenger Hunt

Ages: 3 - 6

Gender: Male and/or Female

Even the littlest adventurers will enjoy this fun and fast scavenger hunt, provided items are simple to find, and a fun surprise! Clues are photographs or images to accommodate non readers, and it is a good idea to do a practice run for the first few items to get the point across. Kids this age understand Easter egg hunts and “Blue’s Clues”, so once they get the idea, they should be able to find the items on the list.

Ideal timing & location: Timing can be any time of the year, and you can do a hunt at home or at school, and set up indoors or out. A preschool playground is particularly ideal, as it is a familiar setting and the kids will already know how to navigate it.

Interpretation: If the clue is “blue”, any blue item will work. You can also have volunteers man separate stations—if the clue is a picture of the slide, then going down the slide will fulfill that clue!

Advanced prep:

  • Prepare a list of simple clues. These can be in the form of flashcards or a simple list, and should include mostly images—or have a helper for each child or team.
  • Make sure there is a clue of each type for the kids to find. If the clue is a toy “matchbox” car, make sure you have more than a single car! Use a small box or bucket if you want them all in one place, or scatter them around the area.
  • Be sure to include some sort of prize at the end.  This can be a bit of candy to a favorite toy.

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Just before the hunt:

  • Hide items as needed—don’t make things too difficult to find.

Ready, Set, Go:

  • Explain the ground rules and any safety rules/boundaries to the children
  • Make sure they  know they should find just one of each thing
  • Pass out the clues. Depending on the size and skill level of your group you can pass out clues one at a time (give different types to each child to avoid bottlenecks!), or give a short list of items.

To win:

  • Collect everything on the list and having fun!
  • Everyone is a winner—its preschool!

Scavenger Hunt Clues

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