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.
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.
- Small ruler
- 12-inch ruler
- Unique ruler
- Sewing tape measure – this 2-pack provides two different types of measuring tapes at a reasonable price
- Construction tape measure
- Themed rulers
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
- You can find many more scavenger hunts designed specifically to be fun
- 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)
Measuring Scavenger Hunt
How to Print the scavenger hunt sheets
- Download this printable Measuring Scavenger Hunt pdf for free.
- Click on the link above. When the document opens, you can right click on it and save the document to your computer.
- You can print the game boards on computer paper, but I prefer card stock paper because it holds up much better to the reality of an exciting scavenger hunt.
- If you’d like to be able to use the scavenger hunt sheets over and over again, you can laminate them with this affordable and easy-to-use laminator. I’ve shared about how I use a lamintator to make daily routine cards for my children.
- Print these Measuring Scavenger Hunt game cards as many times as you’d like for your personal use.
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.
Be sure to pin so you can easily find this measuring scavenger hunt whenever you want to play.