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Easy Outdoor Scavenger Hunts For Kids With Riddles and Clues (With Indoor Treasure Hunts too!)

If you’re looking for an easy activity to keep bored kids entertained, then planning a scavenger hunt might just be the perfect solution! It’s a fantastic way to explore the backyard or a nearby park, while also challenging kids to discover new things along the way.

Easy Outdoor Scavenger Hunts For Kids With Riddles and Clues (With Indoor Treasure Hunts too!)

This guide has free printable outdoor scavenger hunt clues, so you can set these treasure hunt riddles up in minutes!

There are also some additional nature scavenger hunts (I’ve included some indoor scavenger hunts too, in case going outside is not an option.) and some other themed ideas for scavenger hunts.

For more outdoor activity ideas for kids see this bumper guide and our nature walk activities for kids too!

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Riddles For Kids on a treasure map

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Easy Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Riddles For Kids

These rhyming treasure hunt riddles can also be re-used in case you want to host a kids scavenger hunt party or hold an Easter treasure hunt.

There are 20 outdoor scavenger hunt riddles for kids, which contain the most popular items found in backyards and gardens. You can use the clues for bigger events like a birthday party scavenger hunt, or easily set it up if you have one child who is looking for a fun game to play as they are bored inside.

Further below are another 20 ‘Find it’ clues which can also be used as an outdoor or indoor treasure hunt, a Spring scavenger hunt, an indoor treasure hunt plus a maths scavenger hunt. These are perfect for encouraging kids to explore the backyard or a nearby park, challenging them to discover hidden treasures while having fun along the way.

What is a scavenger hunt?

A scavenger hunt or treasure hunt is a fun game where you follow clues or riddles and either collect small prizes (eg Easter eggs) or a larger prize at the end of the hunt. For an Easter scavenger hunt, you can even use plastic eggs to hold the clues in. I’ve more theming ideas down below.

It’s a very versatile game which can be played indoors or outdoors, making it a great way to get the kids outside, or to keep them busy on a rainy day. You can use outdoor or indoor scavenger hunt riddles which are just a sentence, or clues for your treasure hunt that rhyme, and even picture clues for younger ones.

Below the list is a link for you to download this list of scavenger hunt clues for kids so you can easily print them and cut to size.


1. Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Riddles For Kids

CLUE 1 .

This is a house for a car

but inside you may find it’s where the garden things are.


Tall & short these are colourful to see

and are very popular with the buzzy bee.


Long and thin and coiled like a snake,

I’m useful if you are starting to get hot and bake.


I have many uses from providing a perch to making paper.

I’m also useful if you need cooling down after a caper.


I come in many shapes, rectangle, circle and square 

but I’m happiest when I’m holding your tasty fayre.


As I go high you will hear a squeal.

Excited, is how I will make you feel.


When you are feeling short and can’t see up high,

I will give you wings and make you fly.


Sometimes I have 2 wheels, and sometimes 3,

but watch as I whizz past, can you catch me? 


I come in all shapes and sizes;

bricked, rectangular and square. 

I’m super hard and good for a bench, table or chair.


On my own or in a group I help things nurture and grow.

Just add soil & water to my hard shell and don’t forget to sow!


I have 4 legs but cannot walk

but people rest on me to talk.


I’m full of water where winged friends can take a sip,

or if they prefer a proper splash and dip.

CLUE 13 

I am a vehicle, but not a car.

I have two wheels, pedals and a handlebar.


I am like a guard, standing tall & proud 

but I might fall down if the wind howled!


Feathered friends like to visit me, 

especially when you leave your leftover tea.


To see the stars and enjoy fresh air,

sleep in here with warm outerwear.

CLUE 17 

Some people think I look a little weird

With my pointy hat and my long white beard.


Wait your turn when you climb.

Remember, only one at a time.


The more I dry, the wetter I become?

CLUE 20 I have a neck, but no head, but I still wear a cap?

Answers for the kids treasure hunt:

  1. Garage
  2. Flowers
  3. Garden hose
  4. Tree
  5. Table
  6. Slide
  7. Trampoline
  8. Scooter
  9. Patio
  10. Flower pot (s)
  11. Chair
  12. Bird bath
  13. Bike
  14. Fence
  15. Bird table
  16. Tent
  17. Garden gnome
  18. Slide
  19. Towel
  20. Bottle


How to Make a Riddle Scavenger Hunt

If you want to make your own outdoor scavenger hunt clues or scavenger hunt games, it is pretty quick and easy to do whether you are just trying to keep one child busy and occupied or throwing a larger themed birthday party or traditional Easter egg hunt. You can turn all the above scavenger hunt riddles into whatever theme you like or use on a family camping trip!

If you are wanting a quick way to occupy your child once they are on a school break, you can raid the dressing-up box and toys for some props, or simply ‘age’ treasure clues with a wet tea-bag and use some pennies as real treasure. This activity not only keeps them entertained but also encourages them to explore their imagination, challenge their problem-solving skills, and discover the excitement of treasure hunting!

If you have a bit more time to organise, then you can easily go to town with a theme, like some of the suggestions below:

Kids’ Scavenger Hunt Ideas & Theming

Hosting a scavenger hunt party for kids is easy: all you need are clues and either some small prizes along the way or a big prize to be shared for the end. Some theming ideas for a scavenger hunt at home including an outdoor treasure hunt or an indoor scavenger hunt are below:

kids with a magnifying glass on nature scavenger hunt

2. A Nature Detective Treasure Hunt Game and Spring Scavenger Hunt

#2 Free Printable Scavenger Hunts for Kids – Spring Checklist

Spring checklist printable
Click on the image to print this spring scavenger hunt
pirate party

3. Pirate Treasure Scavenger Hunt

Easter egg basket in the garden

4. Traditional Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Scavenger hunt with clues

Simple Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

Clue 1:

Listen closely, chirps so sweet,

A feathered friend, with hidden treat.

(Look for a bird’s nest or bird feeder)

Clue 2:

Something colorful, that catches the eye,

Holds a surprise, up high, up high.

(Look for brightly colored objects, like a mailbox, swing set, or toy)

Clue 3:

Where water flows, clear and bright,

An eggy prize, awaits your sight.

(Look near a fountain, sprinkler, or hose)

Clue 4:

Something hidden, close to the ground,

Where tiny creatures can often be found.

(Look under a rock, plant pot, or birdbath (if you have one))

Clue 5:

Something tall, that points to the sky,

Look closely there, your reward won’t lie.

(Look on a fence post, statue, or other tall objects)

Clue 6:

Where bees buzz busy, with golden wings, A colorful surprise your treasure brings. 

(Flower patch)

Clue 7:

Among the pebbles, smooth and round, A hidden treat can soon be found.

Clue 8:

Where veggies grow, in rows so neat, An Easter egg awaits your feet.

Clue 9:

Climb the steps, up high and bright, Your Easter prize awaits the light. (Deck or porch stairs)

Clue 10:

Beneath a tree, so tall and grand,

An Easter egg, waits close at hand.

When it is clear what your theme is and whether you are holding an outdoor or indoor treasure hunt, you can decide on the treasure hunt clues. Some options are:

  • Indoor or outdoor picture cards – find the item on the card, which means everyone can play, even small kids. You can also quickly draw objects or cut out of a magazine and stick it as the item to be found. More details are below if you want to make your own find things treasure hunt.
  • Rhyming treasure hunt riddles. There are some great online resources to help you make your own up, and it doesn’t take as long as you think! I really like this rhyme calculator too.
treasure chest

Prize ideas for a scavenger hunt

How to Make Your Own ‘Find Things’ Treasure Hunt

If you don’t want to buy treasure hunt cards or cards with scavenger hunt items like the brilliant Go Find It game, then you can make you own scavenger hunt clues for kids or visual treasure hunt questions.

This can be done by cutting out magazine or newspaper pictures and sticking to a sheet, and then kids can run around hunting for the treasure hunt items on the list. This also works perfectly for scavenger hunt clues for around the house.

Or for kids that can read, scavenger hunt clue ideas can include a simple list the items, or write down a subject, eg something that grows or something you wear, and they have to find an item that matches that criteria. Alternatively, for older kids, you can make more elaborate riddles, or rhyming riddles for them to solve.

Scavenger Hunt Supplies List

  • Pre-printed lists or paper & magazines pictures, bought treasure hunt cards
  • Pen or pencil to cross off the list items
  • Bags or a basket for the items
  • Timer
  • Decorations (if for a party)
  • Themed treasure gifts and prizes

Here is a printable list of treasure hunt ideas which is universal and can be used for an outdoor or indoor scavenger hunt game. You might want to add some rules like don’t bring anything back that is alive like a worm, a pet or a growing plant or flower!

#4 Free Printable Scavenger Hunts for Kids: Find Things Indoor or Outdoor Treasure Hunt List – click on the image to print

Find things Indoor Scavenger Hunt. Also suitable for outdoors.
Click on the image for this printable scavenger hunt.

#5 Free Printable Scavenger Hunts for Kids: Find Things Indoor Treasure Hunt List – click on the image to print

find things scavenger hunt 2

#6 Free Printable Scavenger Hunts for Kids: Indoor Scavenger Hunt With CLues and Answers List – click on the image to print

Indoor scavenger hunt clues and answers
Click on the image to download these scavenger hunt clues and answers on a printable PDF

#7 Free Printable Scavenger Hunts for Kids: Maths Indoor Scavenger Hunt for Pre-schooler, Kindergarten, Reception aged children – click on the image to print

Maths indoor scavenger hunt for toddlers, preschoolers, Kindergarten, Reception

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Make your own perfume from a nature walk is just one of these great book activities

Brilliant Activity Books for Nature Scavenger Hunts and Walks

Lonely Planet 101 Things to do on a Walk

This book is jam-packed with a range of fun activities to do on a walk. Older kids aged 9-12 can do the activities themselves, but younger ones can help out too with a grown up reading the instructions.

I-SPY Woods – Kids will have fun collecting points outdoors with more than 140 things to find. From fungi to flowers, birds to badgers, they’ll learn all about nature along the way. And once they’ve scored 1000 points, super-spotters can claim their official i-SPY certificate and badge.

Lonely Planet 101 Things to do on a Walk

I-Spy Garden Birds – Kids will have fun collecting points with more than 140 bird-related things to find. From robins to blackbirds, seagulls to finches, they’ll learn all about birds on their doorstep.

I-Spy in the Countryside – Packed with puzzles, photos and things to spot in the countryside for hours of entertainment.

I-Spy on a Walk – From plants and animals to building a den.

Don’t forget:

  • Make sure you have enough pencils or pens and spares plus a sharpener to hand.
  • Always have some back up prizes in case something doesn’t work out as you planned.
  • Make sure the rules are clear before you start to stop any arguments or cries of “that’s not fair!”
  • Think about the ages of the kids involved. You may want to consider teams, or matching up a child that can read with the younger one as a partner helping to look. Or use pictures if the scavenger hunt is for pre-schoolers.
  • Keep an eye on the weather, have a back up plan in case you need to bring the treasure hunt game inside.

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