Head outside this spring to explore nature with this free printable spring scavenger hunt! A great way to get kids of all ages outside after a long winter.
Bugs, birds, and trees blooming there is so much to LOVE about spring. Being a New Englander, warm weather is a welcome change from the cold winter.
If you and your kids are ready to head outside this season, this free spring scavenger hunt is for you!
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What is it about scavenger hunts? Both younger kids and older children love the challenge of finding all of the items on the list.
How to Print
You can download a PDF version of the free printable spring scavenger hunts at the bottom of this post.
- One list fits a standard sized 8 ½ by 11 inches sheet of paper.
- While the other is half that size.
- Both are printer friendly are only use minimal ink!
Spring Nature Items
- Seedlings Growing
- Pillbugs (Rolly Pollies)
- Bird's Nest
- Tree Budding
- Wiggly Worm
- Flowering Tree
This list just covers the basics that you can find outside with your kids. Depending on where you live, will determine the types of plants and animals that you will find.
Up in the Northeast, we can get snow well into March. I wanted to include items that your kids can find no matter the weather.
I tried making this list filled with general items to ensure you can use it with your kids even if you live in a different climate than I do.
You and your kids will love exploring nature with this scavenger hunt. A wonderful addition to a nature study. Or just a fun activity to do together while enjoying all this season has to offer!
How to Play
You can either print off one copy per child or pair of children. Or use one sheet and look for the items together.
While your kids discover items on the list you can talk about what you find.
Bring along a magnifying glass to get a closer look at some of the items. Its amazing how the simplest activities are often the most fun for kids!
Baskets or plastic bins make great additions. Kids can place items inside as they find them. Taking pictures with a camera is also a great option!
How to Make it Educational
- Conduct Research to Learn More about a Plant or Animal
- Make Scientific Sketches in a Notebook
- Record Observations describing items on the list
- Draw a Map and Record where you found each item
If you are keeping a nature journal with your kids, they can record their findings in their notebook. Simply tape a copy of the list inside or draw sketches to go along with the activity.
Heading outside together to observe nature is a great hands-on activity for a Life Science Unit. As you hunt for items you can talk about habitats, changing of the seasons, and natural cycles in nature.
Perfect for homeschooling, after school programs, or a traditional classroom setting.
Scavenger hunts are great activities for kids because they are exploring and learning while having fun! Games are always a great way to learn new things.
Exploring Spring together these additional activities are perfect for kids in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and even middle school.
Free Coloring Pages
Books about Spring
- Nesting by Henry Cole is one of my favorites. This beautifully illustrated children's book follows a pair of American Robins as they build a nest and raise their young.
You can find the entire list in the Children's Books about Spring post. There are even some printable bookmarks you can download and use with your kids.
- Pair this scavenger hunt with a game of Spring Bingo! Featuring bright and colorful images that represent the season. Free to print and use with your kids.
- Explore the parts of a tulip with this free activity guide
These printables were created by Nature Inspired Learning and are for personal use only for your home, classroom, or public library. All of these free spring scavenger hunts are for non-commercial use. See full disclosure.
Free Spring Scavenger Hunt Printable Game
- Make sure to get your PDF copy of the two versions of the scavenger hunt below!
Excited to explore spring with your kids? Make sure to check out this spring bingo game!