Are you stuck inside? Try these No Prep Free Printable Indoor Scavenger Hunts for Kids!
These 2 free printable scavenger hunts will keep your kids happy and occupied for a while. Hopefully long enough for you to shower in peace. #yourewelcome
When I was a kid playing scavenger hunt games were one of my favorite activities, they mostly took place OUTside though. Actually, when summer boredom sets in (usually at the end of summer break when riding a bike or roller blading has lost its luster) I always whip up a quick neighborhood scavenger hunt for my girls and friends.
I literally write down 10-20 things for them to find and put in a bag or take a pic of. It’s always a hit and keeps them busy for a good hour or so before they come back and ask for popsicles for the 324th time that day
But now I happen to be stuck inside with kids all day. Thanks to the pandemic and now stormy weather (possible BIG tornadoes in our forecast) we have no other option but to stay within our four walls. (sigh)
So I needed to get inventive and come up with things that they can do besides stare at a screen all day. We have loosened our screen time rules and given more time than normally allowed! But wouldn’t you know those stinking attitudes and overall irritability sets in (Jesus take the wheel) after too much of that. So in the best interest of their (MINE it’s totally selfish reasons) sanity I created this!
Good Reasons for an Indoor Scavenger Hunt
- Global pandemic.
- It’s freezing cold.
- It’s burning hot (or as my kids would say “it’s sweating outside”.
- It’s raining.
- It’s pouring (storming).
- The Old Man is Snoring.
- It’s winter.
- It’s second winter.
- It’s third winter.
- It’s still winter.
- You have little ones and you can’t be outside to supervise an outdoor scavenger hunt.
- You’re just not in the mood to wrestle everyone into all the layers of hats, gloves, scarves, coats, boots etc.
Indoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Some rules to consider are:
- Set Boundaries
- Decide if they will play as teams or individuals
- Decide if they need to find all items or as many as they can within a set time period.
- Check the scavenger hunt list to determine if you have all of them if not just scratch them off.
The Items on the Scavenger Hunt List
- Dental Floss
- Cotton Ball
- Blue Lego
- Stuffed Animal
- Glue Stick
- Pom Pom Ball (for crafts)
- Birthday Candle
- Fridge Magnet
- Happy Meal Toy
- Birthday Card
- Red Crayon
- White Sock
- Plastic Grocery Sack
- Piece of Paper
- Paper Clip
- Dog or Cat Toy
- 1 Piece of Toilet Paper
- Red Lego
- Piece of Candy
- DVD or CD
- Phone Charger
- Orange Crayon
- Small Pillow
- Purple Marker
Indoor Riddle Scavenger Hunt
- Flour and sugar and coffee and tea,
I keep these handy but not easy to see.
- I can take you to places you haven’t even seen,
But first you type your password on my screen.
- I can be loaded and unloaded, but I am not a truck.
Having a helper like me is a great piece of luck.
- I make it possible to always have fresh food.
Everyone agrees that I’m one really cool dude.
- I have four legs, but no feet.
I come in handy when it’s time to eat.
- I put an end to sleep,
with music, a buzz, or a beep.
- For fast cooking or heating, I am tops.
And boy do I smell good when my popcorn pops!
- I’m stocked really full of food, boxes and cans.
I may even hold a broom or a mop or a dustpan.
- Watching your favorites is a lot of fun.
But don’t over do it! Because kids need to run.
- I never get mad or sad but I do get hot.
I’m the perfect place to put a pan or a pot.
- I like to give all your fresh clothes a tumble,
Which I do while making a low sounding rumble.
- I usually have a round knob and a lock.
Friends and visitors may give me a knock.
- I will rain on you if you need a scrub.
I’m very much like my partner the tub.
- I’m made up of one part chair and one part bed.
So up with your feet and down with your head.
- I tend to take your clothes for a spin.
But first, they get soaked. That’s how I begin.
- I’m usually filled with feathers or other soft fluff.
To fall asleep without me can be quite tough.
- Flip my switch and I’ll give you a light.
I’m used some in the daytime but usually at night.
- They say a story can take you away,
But this book still needs a place to stay.
- I have drawers and a nice flat top.
I’m helpful for homework — Keep working. Don’t stop!
- I’m paper, but not the kind for writing a letter.
Hanging out by your toilet suits me much better!
- I have hands, no arms and also a face.
My hands always tick at the same steady pace.
- The more I dry, the more drenched I get.
When I’m small I can be used for soaking up sweat.
- I hold all the words you would ever need to know.
People use me to make your vocabulary grow.
- I’m hungry! So hungry! Please feed me a slice.
I’ll pop it back out all toasty and nice.
- I’m not a selfie, but I do show your faces.
I may be in bathrooms and a few other places.
- All day long up and down, you step on me.
All I require is a raise of the foot and a bend of the knee.
Answer Key for Riddle Scavenger Hunt:
- Kitchen canisters
- Kitchen or dining table
- Alarm clock
- Kitchen stove
- Clothes dryer
- Front door
- Clothes washer
- Bed pillow
- Toilet paper
Anyone who has or works with children on a daily basis know that there are many occasions when an indoor scavenger hunt is a perfect boredom buster.
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I hope this gives you a moment to breathe and enjoy your kiddos through this extended period of time stuck at home. I pray you all stay safe and healthy.
Do you have any ideas for indoor scavenger hunt for kids or fun activities for us to do? Please leave them in the comments below!
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Forest Rose is a God Loving, Blessed Wife, & Relaxed, Eclectic Homeschooling Mama to 3 girls – 8, 11, & 12 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She’s passionate about lifting moms out of the homeschooling trenches that are discouraged, overwhelmed or feeling alone or isolated. Her hope is to point them to Christ and equip them to rise up with a new found hope and joy within, that He alone can provide. Besides blogging, she also loves hanging out at her exclusive Facebook Group “Homeschooling 101 Community” that she started to help new homeschoolers thrive.