Camping with Kids – Scavenger Hunts


I have to admit. At first, the thought of camping with kids, and keeping them occupied, seemed a bit overwhelming. As with any potential problem I did what I do best...headed over to Pinterest to find some options and inspiration. It was there that I discovered scavenger hunts!


A scavenger hunt will keep the kids busy, and we'll learn something about nature and wildlife along the way. Win!

I truly intended to make our own BUT, I ran out of time. Thankfully, there are lots of wonderful options from fabulous bloggers that we can choose from.

Camping with Kids Scavenger Hunts at


Finding Animal Tracks

Nerdlet did a little project last year in his Trail Life troop where they made animal track cards, laminated them, and put them on a binder ring. He loves that thing and still carries it with him whenever we go on our nature walks. He gets so excited to find an animal track in the mud and then flip through his cards to see if he can identify it. It's too cute.

I wanted to make one for Princess Dork so that she would have her own flip file. I found this really gorgeous free printable from Exploration America


Aren't they pretty? They even have little fun facts about the animals included on the bottom of each card.


Scavenger Hunt

I headed over to Pinterest intent on finding a nice little printable that I could tape to a brown paper bag and set the kids off on a search for everything from acorns to inch worms. I even found this cute printable card from B. Nute Productions that was going to work perfectly.


But then I ran across this post from Wild About Here and my whole thought process changed! I love being inspired by other bloggers and what they share. 

Kriss shares how she and her twins set out on a woodland treasure hunt and she allowed them to choose the things that were treasures to them.


She turned a simple nature walk and scavenger hunt into an opportunity to see into her children's thoughts and find out what is important to THEM. Obviously, I love the idea, so that is definitely what we will be doing. 


More Scavenger Hunts to Enjoy

Here are a few more free printable scavenger hunts that you can enjoy with your family.

Need something for a little one that isn't able to read yet? Crystal & Co. has you covered with this adorable free printable.


And another really pretty one from JaMonkey.


Need a super simple, no frills printable? No problem! One Mama's Daily Drama has the perfect option.


And finally, if you prefer a more competitive atmosphere in your scavenger hunting, Three Kids and a Fish has the perfect printable for you!




Do you have a scavenger hunt printable that you'd like to see added to the list? Please let me know!





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