These scavenger hunts are a fantastic way to get the kids outside for a free, family-fun activity, and when we get those rare, gorgeous weeks of perfect spring weather, it’s hard to go back inside!
Now, the Easter scavenger hunt takes a little bit of extra planning, since outdoor Easter decorations aren’t quite as prevalent as other holidays. However, you can easily do a more generic spring-themed version if your neighborhood doesn’t have a lot of Easter decorations, or you can combine Easter and general spring things to make your list longer.
Here’s how you can create your own neighborhood scavenger hunt in two simple steps:
Step One: Set Up for Success
Drive around your neighborhood and see what decorations are out so that when you make the scavenger hunt list, you’re setting your kids up for success. No one wants to have that one last item unfound because it simply didn’t exist!
Step Two: Make Your List
Then, write out the list. If your kids can’t read yet, include a simple picture next to each word to help them identify it. And you’re done! How easy is that? Head out on foot or pile into a wagon or stroller with your list and a pencil to get your scavenger hunt started.
To make this activity even easier, download this list to get you going!
What if our neighborhood Easter decorations are limited?
Fear not! If there aren’t enough Easter decorations around you to make a full scavenger hunt list, you can easily change the list up to work for you:
- Bunnies, Bunnies Everywhere: Does it seem like everyone has an Easter Bunny in their yard, but no chicks or lambs or anything else? Make your list bunny-specific and have your kids find a pink bunny, a yellow bunny, a polka dot bunny, a bunny with a cottontail, a bunny with a hat… and so on!
- Spring flowers: Lots of people have planted beautiful new gardens for spring. You can include flowers and other garden items on your list for the kids to find: pink azaleas, white azaleas, a garden with pine needle mulch, a blooming tree, yellow flowers, a sprinkler (bonus points if it’s on!)…
- Go for garden flags: While there may be plenty of Easter-themed garden flags out now, there are also lots of other types, too. (We currently have a frog garden flag on display!) Try making a garden-flag-only list, or if your kids can read, have them look for specific phrases like “Happy Easter” or “Welcome Spring!”
- Nature scavenger hunt: This is a great time of year for one of our other favorite types of scavenger hunts. I’ll make a list of things in nature (white flower, green leaf, twig, rock, pinecone, etc) and give my kids a bag. Then we set out and collect the things on the list in our nature bags and bring them home to talk about!
- Indoor fun: Personally, I have limited outdoor Easter decorations, but TONS of indoor decor. If this works for your family, or if there’s bad weather, make an indoor Easter scavenger hunt with your own stuff!
What else would you add or do to make a neighborhood scavenger hunt fun for your child?