Whether your child loves to read or is not a fan, everyone is a fan of a library scavenger hunt. This free 4-page printable game is a great way to introduce children to a new library in an exciting way.
I grew up in libraries and going to the library was always a treat. I made sure to pass that love onto my children.
Whether you want to use this library scavenger hunt with your own children or in a school setting, it’s easily adaptable.
As a military family that moves every 1-3 years, this scavenger hunt would be a fun way to learn your way around a new library.
This is also a valuable resource for a school librarian or teacher. The scavenger hunt would help welcome children to a new school year with a new library. In playing the scavenger hunt, the children would become familiar with the library layout and resources.
How do you do a library scavenger hunt?
- Find a printable library scavenger hunt game like the one below.
- Or create your own clues for a scavenger hunt using the free scavenger hunt templates.
- Provide each player with their own game sheet, a clipboard and a pencil.
- Determine how the players will record each item that they find.
- Write the title and author of books or location of items on the back of their game sheet.
- Take photos of the items.
- Gather all items small enough to carry with them.
- Clearly designate the boundaries of the scavenger hunt play area.
- Determine how players will complete the game.
- They must find all the items on their game sheet.
- The must find all the items in a row or column on their sheet.
- The must find as many items as possible in a set period of time.
- Check that all the items on the game sheets are available in your library. If they items are not available, you may want to have players look for all the items in a row or column on their game board rather than look for all items.
- Decide if players will win a prize.
- Don’t underestimate the value of winning bragging rights or a privilege rather than giving out physical prizes.
If you enjoy playing scavenger hunts, you definitely want to check out these resources:
Library Scavenger Hunt
How to Print the Scavenger Hunt
- Get your free copy of the library scavenger hunt printables.
- To print the game boards, click on the link above.
- When the document opens, you can right click on the pdf and select the “print” option.
- You can also choose to “save” the pdf to your computer and then print it later.
- You can print the game boards on your personal printer or take it your local office supply store to be professionally printed.
- You can print the game sheets on regular computer paper. However, I recommend that you use heavier card stock paper so that it will hold up the excitement of a scavenger hunt.
- You can laminate the pages if you plan on playing the library scavenger hunt again.
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Be sure to pin these free library scavenger hunt game boards so that you can always easily find them.