Backyard Treasure Hunt

Planning for an upcoming kid’s birthday party, sleepover, or play date? Use these great backyard treasure hunt ideas to keep the kids entertained. A backyard treasure hunt works especially well when the weather is nice. You can help your kids learn more about the environment via a nature themed hunt. Or set up a classic backyard treasure hunt using our free printable backyard treasure hunt guide. Your kids will have a ball with these fun activities!

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Child holding colorful leaves. Photo courtesy of Kate Andrews.

Nature themed Backyard Treasure Hunt

Creating a nature themed treasure hunt is a great way to teach your children about the natural habitat surrounding your home. This activity is very easy to set up. You can begin by printing out the list of clues below. Double check the nature clues to make sure you have all of the listed items in your yard. If not, make changes as needed.

Give the sheet to your kids. If you’ed like to make the hunt activity more challenging, also provide your children with the nature themed trivia sheet below. Have your kids use books from the library, or the internet, to answer the trivia questions. As a reward, provide your children with a small prize after they complete the hunt.

Nature Backyard Treasure Hunt Clues

Here are the clues for your treasure hunt! Try to find all of the items listed on this sheet. After you find an item, draw a picture of what it looks like. You don’t need to physically collect the items. Draw a picture of them instead. That way you wont disturb any plants or animals. When you finish collecting all of the clues, use crayons or colored pencils, to color your drawings in. Happy hunting!

  1. Find a feather. Write down what kind of feather it is.
  2. Find three leaves from three different trees. Write down what kind of leaves they are.
  3. Find something red. What did you find?
  4. Find three different kinds of seeds. Write down what kind of seeds they are.
  5. Find moss. Write down where you found it.
  6. Find a piece of plant life that starts with the letter D. Write down what you found.
  7. Find three different types of flowers. Write down what types of flower you found.
  8. Find two different pieces of nature themed items that start with the letter G.
  9. Find a spider web. Write down where you found it.
  10. Find something yellow. Write down what you found.
  11. Find a fruit or vegetable. Write down what you found.
  12. Find a birds nest. Write down what kind of birds nest you think it is and where you found it.
  13. Find a moth. What kind did you find?
  14. Find a butterfly. What kind did you find?

Nature Backyard Treasure Hunt Trivia

Test your nature knowledge with this backyard treasure hunt trivia. Use help from an adult, books from your library, or the internet to answer the nature themed questions below. Good Luck!

  1. Name three major differences between a moth and a butterfly.
  2. What is bark and what purpose does it serve?
  3. How do trees help keep our air supply clean?
  4. What can you do to help stop deforestation?
  5. What is the name of your state’s, state bird?
  6. What kind of tree is your yard most populated with? How many are there in your yard?
  7. Name three different types of birds you’ve seen in your yard. What do these birds eat?
  8. Define migration.
  9. Do any of the birds you’ve seen in your yard migrate?
  10. Name three types of flowers you have in your yard.

Classic Backyard Treasure Hunt

This free printable – backyard treasure hunt is a great kid’s game. It’s perfect for a play date or a party. Start by copying and pasting the clues into a word document. Cut each clue out. Place the clues in their appropriate places in your backyard, but leave the first clue out. Give the first clue to the players to get them started on their treasure hunt. Don’t forget to copy and paste the answers into a word doc too. Have prizes at the last location for completion of the backyard treasure hunt. Enjoy!

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Treasure hunt themed invite by PurpleTrail.

Backyard Treasure Hunt Clues

  1. “Sticks and _________ will break my bones”
  2. Lets rest awhile and have some food while sitting at the ______
  3. I hold beautiful blooms from spring till fall
  4. I stretch out like a snake to water the grass and garden
  5. Higher and higher with each leg pump
  6. Come climb my strong branches to see in the sky
  7. First you climb up then _____ down my slick surface
  8. Hang on me like monkeys in a tree.
  9. Tiny rain showers pour from my spout.
  10. Plant veggies and fruits in rows to grow, grow, grow!
  11. Come and rest your legs by sitting on me!,
  12. A perfect shelter to play in without having to go inside!

Answers

  1. “Sticks and _________ will break my bones”, (stones/rocks)
  2. I hold beautiful blooms from spring  till fall. (flower pot)
  3. Higher and higher with each leg pump. (swings)
  4. Lets rest awhile and have some food while sitting at the ______ (table)
  5. I stretch out like a snake to water the grass and garden. (hose)
  6. Come climb my strong branches to see in the sky (tree)
  7. First you climb up then _____ down my slick surface (slide)
  8. Hang on me like monkeys in a tree (jungle gym or climb)
  9. Tiny rain showers pour from my spout. (watering can)
  10. Plant veggies and fruits in rows to grow, grow, grow! (garden)
  11. Come and rest your legs by sitting on me. (chair)
  12. A perfect shelter to play in without having to go inside! (playhouse/treehouse)

Happy Hunting

Hope you and your children enjoyed these backyard treasure hunt ideas! Have fun planning your hunt! For more great backyard treasure ideas, take a look at Wired’s article Backyard Treasure Hunting with Secret Codes.