Scavenger Hunt Template

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Use this free Scavenger Hunt Template to create your own unique scavenger hunt game. This printable pdf is blank so that you can fill in the items you want to include in the game you create.

top image two young children at lake, bottom image of colorful sheets of scavenger hunt templates

I’ve shared more than 20 different scavenger hunts for:

  • All major holidays
  • Vocabulary for Dr. Seuss books
  • Seasonal hunts
  • Indoor hunts
  • Outdoor hunts
  • And more.

There are occasions when you want to create your own unique scavenger hunt that contains items in your specific setting.

This scavenger hunt template is free and you can use it to design the exact scavenger hunt you want.

When You Might Want to Create a Scavenger Hunt

  • For a birthday party
  • For a family reunion
  • For a school field trip
  • For a trip to the zoo
  • To introduce a class to your classroom
  • For a trip to a historic place
  • For a trip to a new city
  • For attending a sports game

What Are the Rules for a Scavenger Hunt?

  • Establish the boundaries of the scavenger hunt game area.
  • Determine whether the game will be played based on a time limit or it will be played until someone finds all the items.
  • Decide if all the players will have the same scavenger hunt game board or if everyone will have different game boards.
  • Decide whether the winner has to find :
    • Every item on the game board.
    • Every item in a row or column.
    • A set number of items from the game board.
    • As many items as possible in the set time period.
  • Decide whether players will play individually or in teams.
    • If playing in teams, decide whether team members have to stay together or can split up to find the items.
  • Determine whether the winner(s) will receive a prize or play for bragging rights.

If you enjoy scavenger hunts, be sure to grab my Big Bundle of Scavenger Hunts. It contains 20 different scavenger hunts with a total of 80 game board pages.

collage of brightly colored scavenger hunt game boards

Scavenger Hunt Template

This scavenger hunt template pdf contains templates in 8 different colors:

  • Blue
  • Red
  • Pink
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Turquoise
  • Purple
close up of colorful scavenger hunt templates

How to Download the Blank Scavenger Hunt Template

To download your free copy of the scavenger hunt template, simply join our weekly newsletter. You’ll promptly receive an email with the template pdf for your use.

Expert Tips for Printables

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 use 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.

How to Print the Scavenger Hunt Template

  • Print the scavenger hunt template on your home printer.
  • Or you can choose to print the template at your local office store or printer.
  • The game boards are designed to be colorful, but you can choose to print the game boards in black, if you prefer.
  • You can print the game boards on regular computer paper or, as I prefer, print them on heavier card stock paper.
    • Using heavier paper allows the game boards to hold up better to enthusiastic and energetic scavenger hunt games.
  • You may choose to laminate the completed scavenger hunt game boards once you create them. This allows you to use the same game boards over again and again.

How to Create Your Own Scavenger Hunt Game Boards

  • Once you print out your game boards, it’s time to add your unique hunt items.
  • I recommend creating three or four unique boards at a minimum.
  • You can simply write the names of the items in the template blocks if the scavenger hunt players can read.
  • You can choose to print the words out and then attach them to the game boards.
  • You may prefer to use images instead of word on the scavenger hunt template game board.
  • You can use photos or clip art or even draw images.
  • You can use a combination of images and text.
  • Choose what works best for your scavenger hunt participants.

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  1. It keeps saying click here for the free scavenger hunt and then it asks for 10 dollars. So is it free or does it cost 10 dollars?

    1. Sorry about the confusion, Nell. The free version is lower in the post. You sign up for my free newsletter and gain access to the free scavenger hunt template plus 125+ additional free printables and resources.

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