Photo Scavenger Hunts to Keep Kids Busy


A photo scavenger hunt is a great way for kids and adults to explore their surroundings.

Keeping them busy…

Keeping kids busy is no easy task, sometimes you have to get creative and think out of the box. A photo scavenger hunt is a perfect activity to keep little ones entertained.

A scavenger hunt gives kids a chance to explore their surroundings, search and locate objects, and learn about the world around them. Scavenger hunts help spark curiosity and wonder in kids when learning about new objects. They will be so proud when they check off all the items from their list.

To get started, you’ll need a smartphone or camera, a pen or pencil, and a themed scavenger hunt list. Narrow down your location with the 10 creative scavenger hunts by Shutterfly below. The locations vary from your own neighborhood to the zoo, so you and the kids can search high and low pretty much anywhere.

Photo scavenger hunt rules:

  1. Choose a location and theme.
  2. Assign a judge.
  3. Separate into teams. Pair kids with adults in every team.
  4. Set boundaries within the chosen location and let the players know.
  5. Set a timer for an hour.
  6. Give a prize to the winner!

The kids will have a blast, learn about the world around them and stay busy and entertained for hours. When you’re done with your scavenger hunt, print out your pictures or create a fun photo book to look back on and laugh. Find your favorite scavenger hunt location below and get started.

1. Zoo Scavenger Hunt

Visiting the animals is so peaceful and fun. As you say hi to the tigers, monkeys and zebras…make sure to also snap a photo of the friendly zoo keeper!

2. Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

What can be more fun than a road trip? A road trip scavenger hunt! Adventure through gas stations, lookout points, bridges and trains. Make sure you to pay attention to your surroundings, you may zoom through one of the challenges.

3. Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

You don’t have to travel far to adventure. You can do it right in your neighborhood. Round up the kids and their friends and have fun discovering all the ins and outs of your community.


4. Nature Scavenger Hunt

There’s nothing more relaxing than being in nature. Nature watching is always exciting especially, when surrounded by beautiful trees, leaves and sunshine—a perfect weekend activity for the whole family.

5. Home Scavenger Hunt

No need to leave your house to have fun. If you have markers, puzzles and spare change, then you’ve got the perfect scavenger hunt setup! Make sure to put everything back in its place or you’ll have a messy home.

6. Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt

Keeping the kids entertained at the grocery store can be a bit tricky. But, if you incorporate a scavenger hunt into the mix, you’ll have a happy crew and get your shopping done we well. The challenging part will be to not purchase those cookies.

7. Farmer’s Market Scavenger Hunt

Farmer’s markets are a great place to get your seasonal goods and mingle with your neighbors. The kids will have a great time finding sweet strawberries, beautiful flowers and freshly baked bread.

8. City Scavenger Hunt

Going into the city is always an adventure. The hustle and bustle, loud noises and groups of tourists keep the city exciting. Navigate your way through the streets while snapping fun pictures of taxis and bikes.

9. Beach Scavenger Hunt

A beach scavenger hunt is fun for any age. There are many common items that can be found in just about any beach and the best part of all is everyone gets to splish-splash around. Make sure not to drop your phone in the water!

10. Airport Scavenger Hunt

Traveling can be a little stressful and hectic. But once you’ve made your way through the airport security line, you’ll have to kill some time before your flight. Have fun snapping someone sleeping, suitcases and laptops.


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