Scavenger hunts are fun for all ages. They are great for team building and can be very educational along the way.

A scavenger hunt is a game that is organized by creating a list of specific items which participants (usually teams of people) must seek out without purchasing them. The ultimate goal is to collect all the items that are on the list. The team that completes the list first wins. This differs from a treasure hunt which is usually in search of a single object. Scavenger hunts came into existence in the late 1920s in Paris. The first major Paris scavenger hunt caused chaos all over the city once participation flourished. While many just see the fun aspects of scavenger hunts, they have many educational related benefits. They help work on critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It also does not hurt that they, by nature, they are hands-on learning opportunities which has boundless health and mental benefits for students. Scavenger hunts help build teamwork skills that are hard to teach. They promote positive social interaction. It is hard to do well without offering a great deal of cooperation.

Performing these activities as a group has a ton of benefits, but the teamwork aspect cannot be understated. Learning how to work in a group on a project is the new form of the economy. This is how many businesses operate whether they are in a blue collar or white collar setting. The advantages for students are tremendous. There is so much growth to had from activities like this. All of the worksheets are setup in a way to include or highlight an educational aspect of this task. You will find a great number of sheets that can be used to help your students get more familiar with one another. Below you will find a series of worksheets that will help you setup scavenger hunts for your students.

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Printable Scavenger Hunt Worksheets

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Your Classmates

Find a classmate who matches each description and write their name on the line. Try not to use the same person twice. When you have completed the sheet, put a check mark next to each description that also matches you.

Community

Keep this scavenger hunt with you during the week. When you see or think of a place that fits the description, write it on the line.

Who Do You Know?

Find a classmate who matches each description and write their name in that square. Try not to use the same person twice. Try to be the first to get five in a row in any direction (up, down, diagonally).

Go Get that Green!

Go around your house and see how many green things you can find from the list below. When you find one, check the box and then draw a picture of the object.

T.V. Time Scavenger Hunt

While you are watching T.V., see how many of the items below that you see during the commercials. Check off all that you see.

Sticky | Gooey | Slimy

How many of these sticky, gooey, or slimy things do you have around your house? When you find one, check the box and then draw a picture of the object.

Rainbow Foods Scavenger Hunt

Find and list as many foods as you can for each color of the rainbow.

What Are You Eating? Scavenger Hunt

Looks for each ingredient in the packaged foods section of the grocery store. Write down what food you find each ingredient in.

Purple Scavenger Hunt

Go around your house and see how many purple things you can find. When you find one, draw a picture of it in a square.

Where Does Food Come From?

Find three foods that grow underground.

Shapes Scavenger Hunt

Look around your house and find one item in each of the following shapes. Write the name of each item on the line.

Scavenger Hunt Walk

Check off the items that you find on your walk.

Rainy Day Scavenger Hunt

Write your answer on the line. Can you find something inside that you can...

Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

How many of the following items can you find on your road trip?

On the Farm Scavenger Hunt

See how many of the items below you can find on your trip to the farm. Check off all that you see.