Outdoor scavenger hunts are a great way for kids to get some fresh air and exercise. Children love to explore the environment, whether it’s the beach, the woods, or your own backyard. We have a fun beach scavenger hunt printable for preschoolers for you as well as some tips to make the most of your hunt.

child at the beach wearing a blue hat and orange shirt

What is a beach scavenger hunt?

A beach scavenger hunt is a game where players have a list of items to find and check off their list. The game can have numerous variations, depending on the age of players, the type of objects, etc. You may decide that the first to find all the items wins, or the players must gather all the items and bring them back at the end, or take a picture of each item. It’s totally up to you!

What to hunt for:

Start by creating a list of items for your child to find and check off (or color in). Depending on their age, you can make the list as simple or as complex as you’d like. If your child does not read yet, use pictures of the items. We’ve included a free printable at the bottom of the post to get you started.

Consider including items like a sea shell, driftwood, or a sand castle. If you’d like to make it more difficult, you can add items like a certain type of shell or specific color surfboard.

Where to hunt:

Your nearest public beach is a great place to start!

Start searching

Once you’ve printed out your list for the scavenger hunt, it’s time for the fun part- the search! Make sure to explain to your child what items they should be searching for and provide some clues if needed, such as it’s found in the water or it’s a tiny item.

After the scavenger hunt

Finally, once the scavenger hunt is over, your child may want to continue exploring. They may want to get down in the sand and look at interesting clams or fish. They may also want to keep some of the items they found, such as a shell or colorful sea glass. These treasures would be perfect for creating new art or simply playing.

line outlines of items to search for during a child's beach scavenger hunt.

Click here to download the free beach scavenger hunt printable

(This free printable is for personal, non-commercial use only. You may use it at home or in your classroom, and it’s not for resale. Thanks!)

Beach scavenger hunts are a great way to get kids excited about exploring their environment. With a simple beach scavenger hunt printable, you can create a unique and fun experience that your child will love.

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