How to Create a Fun Garden Scavenger Hunt


If there’s one guarantee about children that is universal, it is that they all love a good scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts are one-part competition, one-part adventure, and one-part learning. With a fun garden scavenger hunt, you’ll be able to give your kids a keepsake at the end of the project while encouraging them to work on their observational skills.

You don’t need much for this project. Make sure that the kids have a list of items to collect and ensure that everyone gets a prize that involves gardening. For birthday parties or holiday occasions, a special first-place prize is a good idea.

How to Create a List of Scavenger Hunt Items

Creating a fun scavenger hunt in the garden can be as simple as a printed-out list of items for the children to find. Tell them to find a leaf, some grass, and a flower that is yellow, and you’ll see them scurry off to go collect that list.

There are ways to create a garden scavenger hunt that go beyond that simple instruction. Try out one of these ideas for this fun game.

#1. Picture Scavenger Hunt

Instead of collecting the items on your list, have the kids take a picture of the item in question. This will allow you to add some unique items, like benches, rocks, or wildlife that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.

#2. Zero Words Scavenger Hunt

Instead of writing out the list for the scavenger hunt, offer them an illustration of what you want them to find. That will help them be able to visually compare items from the garden, helping them to compare images and improve their decision-making skills.

#3. Paint Sample Scavenger Hunt

Go down to your local hardware store to collect a few paint sample cards that are on display. Then hand them to the kids during the scavenger hunt. They must collect items which have the same specific shade of color that is on the card they are given.

#4. Live Scavenger Hunt

Add some live additions to your scavenger hunt to challenge the kids on how to care for the life that calls your garden home. Have them come back with worms, ants, flies, and other insects in a way that doesn’t arm the critter or themselves. For example: if an earthworm was part of the scavenger hunt, then they could bring it back in a small cup of dirt before returning him back to the garden.

#5. Garden Catalog Scavenger Hunt

Have the children pick a page number from a garden catalog that you own. Then rip out the page. That becomes the foundation of what they need to find. If you haven’t grown the plants on the page, then you could say that they need to find something of the same color or some other similarity that is present.

Scavenger hunts are a lot of fun for kids and they can be a learning experience too. Try out one of these ideas today and you might just encourage a future love of gardening.