Measuring Scavenger Hunt

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A measuring scavenger hunt is a great way to reinforce learning about measurements. It’s also a fun game just to play as a scavenger hunt. These three game boards are free and can be downloaded immediately.

top image - pile of colorful measuring tapes, bottom image - 2 colorful measuring scavenger hunt game boards with title text reading Measuring Scavenger Hunt 3 free game boards

There are many ways to use this measuring scavenger hunt:

  • A classroom activity
  • A homeschooling activity
  • A homework activity to reinforce a lesson
  • A rainy day activity
  • A fun afternoon game, especially if you provide different kinds of rulers and tape measures

This measuring scavenger hunt works for a wide-range of children and abilities.

You can adapt the game by assisting your child in measuring or having an older sibling assist.

Using different types of rulers and tape measures is another way to adapt the game and make it that much more fun.

How do you make a scavenger hunt fun?

  • Choose a creative scavenger hunt theme
    • For example, using different types of rulers and tape measures make this measuring scavenger hunt even more fun (who doesn’t love a tape measure that snaps back when you release the button?!)
  • Use colorful and engaging scavenger hunt game boards
  • Encourage good-natured competition among players
  • Provide a prize for the winner or completing the scavenger hunt
    • The prize can be bragging rights
    • It can be free
      • Extra time before bed
      • Choosing the next family movie
      • Choosing what’s for dinner
      • Not be required to do a routine chore today
      • Inviting a friend over for a play date (to play a scavenger hunt together!)
  • Play with your child and create a shared experience (and happy memory)

If you enjoy scavenger hunts, you need to check out my Rhyming Scavenger Hunt and other scavenger hunts.

Measuring Scavenger Hunt

Closeup of three colorful scavenger hunt game boards

How to Print the scavenger hunt sheets

How to Play

  • Establish the boundaries of the scavenger hunt play area. Clearly identify the boundaries. Use markers if needed.
  • Establish if the children are playing as individuals or as teams. If you have children of different ages playing, consider pairing younger children with older children or an adult so that all the children can play.
  • You can even play as one team with everyone searching for the items to measure on one game board together. This allows you to extend the play as you play one game board and then move onto another game board.
  • Establish if the players are required to find every item on the game board or if they are to find as many as they can in a set period of time.
  • Look over the list of items on the scavenger hunt boards. If you don’t have them all available in your play area, you can play the Measuring Scavenger Hunt game like you play Bingo, which means finding all the items in a row or column to win.
  • If you don’t have all the items, you can
  • Provide a pencil and clipboard so that the children can write the measurements in the space below each item on the game card.
  • Have the children search for the item on their game board. When they find the item, they measure the item and record the measurement on the game board in the box below the image of the item.

Depending on the age of the child and their experience in measuring, you may want to count as a “win” any measurement remotely close to the correct measurement. Your goal may be to build excitement and enjoyment around the measuring exercise and then build on precision and accuracy.

Expert Tips for Printables

How do I access the free printable scavenger hunt?

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How do I print the pdf file?

The pdf usually opens right up when you click on the link in the VIP Resources Library. When that happens, simply right click on the pdf and either print or save the document to your device.

If the pdf does not pop up for you, you’ll most likely find it in your computer’s Downloads folder. You can also select “Downloads” in your browser menu to see a list of your downloads, then select “Show in folder” below the file name to see where it is located on your computer.

I’m worried about wasting printer ink – what can I do?

Most printers offer you the option to print in greyscale which is in black and white.

You can also look for the option to print in draft or economy mode. This usually means that the sheet is printed out with less ink. It still looks great and is a good way to print in color but use less ink.

How can I use the printable (what restrictions are there on use)?

You can print these pdf files as many times as you’d like for your personal or classroom use. Please do not share the file with family, friends or coworkers. Please do share the link to this post so they can access their own copy of the printable. All printables are copyrighted.

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