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Reading Scavenger Hunt: Free Printable to Make It Fun for Kids

This reading scavenger hunt is a remarkable way to boost learning fun and more.

Your kids will have a blast as they enjoy the variety of topics and suggestions on this free printable activity.

Check out all the creative ways to enjoy this reading scavenger hunt for kids and and get your free set today!

This free printable reading scavenger hunt is a remarkable way to motivate your kids to try different topics and themes as they get excited about reading.

A Scavenger Hunt Can Be A Terrific Learning Tool

Looking for an easy yet fun way to motivate your kids to read?

A scavenger hunt is a fantastic way to get your children excited about reading.

Plus, this type of scavenger hunt encourages your kids to explore different topics and themes. Such wonderful ways to develop new interests and ideas!

It’s absolutely incredible how such a simple thing like a scavenger hunt can be such a cool learning tool.

Your kids will have a blast with this type of activity AND learn a lot in the process.

The Institute for Educational Advancement shares a few of the benefits of scavenger hunts for kids. I love how these activities help kids practice positive skills, like growth mindset and more.

My boys LOVE scavenger hunts! We’ve been enjoying all sorts of holiday-themed scavenger hunts (like Earth Day) and educational-themed ones (like Numbers and Colors). A reading scavenger hunt seemed like the perfect addition to our collection of learning fun.

Woman holding free printable reading scavenger hunt with a rainbow of fine tip markers and red basket of books on wood background

Learn More About This Reading Scavenger Hunt

This free printable reading scavenger hunt is on one page.

An assortment of topics and themes are included. Also, you’ll find some creative prompts and bonus suggestions for extra reading fun.

Your kids will color in the black-and-white image as they complete reading (or listening) to a book on that topic.

This scavenger hunt for kids features super cool themes, like:

  • Pirates
  • A Teddy (or other type of bear)
  • A Vehicle
  • Food
  • A Witch or Wizard
  • Superheroes
  • A Dinosaur
  • The Weather
  • Friendship
  • A Party or Celebration
  • An Insect
  • Space
  • A Dog
  • Sport
  • Aliens
  • Prince/Princess

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Additional ideas include:

  • Find a funny! (Find a good joke in a joke book to tell someone!)
  • Snuggle up (Build a cozy den and snuggle up with your favorite book!)
  • Bonus reads (A Poem, Comic Book, Pop-Up Book, Rhyming Book, A Non-Fiction Book)

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Creative & Simple Ways to Boost This Reading Activity

This scavenger hunt with reading themes involves your children coloring in the objects when seen or found. I suggest having a variety of coloring tools to pick from, like crayons, color pencils, and fine-tip markers.

I also recommend printing this reading scavenger hunt on white cardstock. Regular printer paper works just fine. My boys, however, get excited when doing this type of activity and have a tendency to accidentally rip the paper 😉. Perhaps your children are the same way?

If you’d like to use this scavenger hunt again and again, you can laminate it or place in a dry erase sleeve.

Your kids might find it easier to place their reading scavenger hunt on a clipboard or in a binder (especially in a clear page protector) to keep safe and simple to find.

If your kids show a particular interest in one or more of these themes, encourage them to read more books about the topic. They can use tally marks to record extra readings.

A fun way to extend the learning fun with this scavenger hunt (and make the most of paper) is to use the back of it as a reading log. Jot down book titles, authors, and minutes read to see all the progress your kids are making.

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Get Your Free Reading Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Hurray! You are well on your way to easily making reading fun and exciting!

This free Reading Scavenger Hunt is on one printable (PDF) page.

You can most certainly print as many of these scavenger hunts as you need for your personal use, family, class, homeschool co-op, or community event. If you have a friend or co-worker who might like to have this type of reading fun, I ask that you please share this post with them. Thanks so much for your cooperation!

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Grab this free printable Reading Scavenger Hunt for kids to boost learning and more.

What are some other fun ways that you like to motivate your kids to read more? Please share your ideas in the comments area below. (And if you’d like to see any other types of free scavenger hunts here, let me know what topics!)

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