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Indoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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There are so many fun things you can do indoors on a rainy day. This indoor scavenger hunt for kids will keep your kids busy for hours.

You don’t have to be a big kid or be able to read to do a scavenger hunt. Even toddlers and preschoolers will have fun looking for clues.

Check out this indoor obstacle course for rainy day fun too! Hopefully these ideas will help you in running your home daycare or having fun with your own kids.

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Indoor scavenger hunt for kids

Indoor scavenger hunt list

There are so many ideas you can use for an indoor scavenger hunt. Here’s a list of things you can have kids look for. If your kids are really little, using pictures instead of words helps them to find objects without knowing how to read.

a basket of apples for kids to hunt

Things you can use for your indoor scavenger hunt list:

  • Food
  • Toys
  • Stuffed animals
  • Books
  • Art supplies
  • Balls
  • Furniture
  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Number of items
  • Plants
  • Clothing items
  • Dishes
  • Blankets, towels or sheets
  • Pictures
  • Appliances
a toy airplane and some blocks for indoor scavenger hunt

There are unlimited things you can use. These things can help build children’s school readiness skills as well as vocabulary and problem solving skills. It’s so much fun to play a game together and make teams as well.

Use your imagination to think of new things you can put on your scavenger hunt list. If the kids are really little, you could pair them with an older child or an adult.

Funny scavenger hunt ideas

If you want to bring a sense of humor in it for your kids, you could have them look for things like:

  • Apple cores
  • Facial expressions on people
  • Clowns
  • Dirty sock
  • Dust bunny
  • Underwear
  • Lost cheerio
  • False teeth
  • Diaper cream

You can be creative and come up with tons of funny ideas based on what’s in your house.

Book scavenger hunt

A book scavenger hunt is another really fun idea. You’d have to go by the ages of people in your hunt, but if you have preschoolers and toddlers like me, here are some great book scavenger hunt ideas.

  • ABC book
  • Counting book
  • Shape book
  • Rhyming book
  • First word book
  • Board book
  • Sensory book
  • Lift a flap book

You get the idea. Another cool idea would be to look for books by certain authors.

  • Eric Carle
  • Leo Lionni
  • Shel Silverstein
  • Dr. Seuess
  • Jan Thomas
  • Laura Neumeroff
  • Lois Ehlert
  • Maurice Sendack
  • Eric Litwin
  • B.J. Novack
  • Anna Dewdney

I’m sure this spurs your imagination. There are so many ways you could do a book scavenger hunt with your kids. We love books and this can bring more attention to the value of books too.

Free printable scavenger hunt clues

There are so many fun ways to do an indoor scavenger hunt with your kids. If you want some easy to use printables, check these out.

Here are three different free printable scavenger hunt sheets you can use with your kids to have lots of fun right now.

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