A winter walk scavenger hunt is a wonderful way to explore and enjoy the season with your kids.
With a seasonal prompts and a simple printable, you’ll have so much fun searching high and low for these winter nature objects.
Find out more about this winter scavenger hunt for kids and get your free printable activity today!
A Delightful Winter Way to Explore the Outdoors with Kids
It can be challenging to find fun ways to enjoy outside time with kids during the winter.
Freezing temperatures and blustery conditions (at least where we live in Western Pennsylvania) often make it difficult to do on of our favorite outdoor activities – exploring trails close to home. When the ice and snow pile up, it’s next to impossible to hit the trails. These indoor winter activities for kids are perfect if you really can’t get outside!
Over the years, my boys and I have had to get creative when it comes to outdoor winter activities. That’s why I’m adding this winter walk scavenger hunt to our collection of outdoor winter fun! It’s a fantastic motivator to explore our yard and other accessible outside areas as we get fresh air, especially on snowy days in our cold winter months.
Learn More About This Winter Walk Scavenger Hunt
This free printable winter walk scavenger hunt is on one page.
Instructions are provided on the worksheet. Your kids will color in the objects as they see or find them.
This scavenger hunt for kids features winter nature themes, including this list of items:
- bare trees
- crispy leaf
- frosty spider web
- icy puddle
- tree stump
- red berries
- animal burrow
- evergreen trees
You’ll also find two bonus prompts for activities to extend the winter nature fun:
- Spot It!: Can you see your breath in the cold air?
- Make bird food!: Find a pinecone, cover with a mix of suet and seeds, and hang up for the birds!
Creative Ideas for Enjoying This Winter Walk Scavenger Hunt with Kids
This printable winter nature scavenger hunt has your children (and anyone who wants to join the fun) coloring in the objects when seen or found. It’s a great way to enjoy special time with the whole family, too!
I recommend having a variety of coloring tools to select from, like crayons, color pencils, and fine-tip markers.
My boys and I find this type of clipboard with storage area that opens on the side (not on the bottom – your coloring utensils can fall out too easily that way!) works well when we’re learning on-the-go.
If coloring would be too difficult when you’re outside (especially with cold fingers, gloves, or mittens), no worries! Simply make a pencil mark next to the object and color in later 😉
Also, I suggest printing this winter walk scavenger hunt on white cardstock. Regular printer paper will work fine. My boys, however, get very excited when doing this type of activity and, on occasion, have to accidentally ripped the paper. Maybe your kids are the same way?
If you’d like to use this free printable winter scavenger hunt again and again, you can laminate it or place in a dry erase sleeve and enjoy these fun activities with dry erase markers.
Maybe it will become one of your favorite winter activities to enjoy with kids of all ages!
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Tips & Tricks for Enjoying This Type of Scavenger Hunt
When heading out on this kind of outdoor scavenger hunt, you may find it helpful to keep these things in mind to make it a great activity:
- Be prepared: I suggest wearing a backpack or carrying a bag that has winter gear, like extra gloves (and other cold weather and winter items), tissues, and small towels (to wipe off ice or dry anything that’s wet). Nature guide books for your local area are great additions, too.
- Keep it simple: Don’t feel like you have to search every square inch that you’re exploring. You don’t have to find each thing on the entire list right away. Extend your winter nature walks to different dates and times for activities to look forward to spending together. Oh, and don’t forget one of our favorite easy ways to enjoy these fun winter scavenger hunt ideas – right in your own backyard! Or keep it close by taking a neighborhood walk or heading to a nearby park or walking trail.
- Make the most of the adventure: Even if you’re not an outdoorsy type, I encourage you to get into it for your kids. You can even tell them that nature walks aren’t your more favorite thing but you’re stretching yourself and trying new opportunities.
- Think outside the box: Stuck inside (weather, illness, or other yuckiness)? No worries! You can still enjoy this winter scavenger hunt by enjoying it with books, nature documentaries, and videos.
- Include your own prompts: Before you go off on your winter nature walk scavenger hunt, brainstorm other prompts. Make sure to add ideas that your kids have on the back of the page (they can even create doodles to go along with the prompts). A few winter season ideas include boot prints, animal tracks, pine trees, and pine cones.
Get Your Free Winter Walk Scavenger Hunt
WooHoo! You’ll be having SO much fun with this winter activity with your kids!
This free Winter Walk Scavenger Hunt is on one printable (PDF) page.
You may 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’d like to have this sort of winter fun, I ask that you please share this post with them so they can get their own copy of the winter scavenger hunt. Thanks so much for your cooperation!
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What winter-themed prompts would you add to this printable scavenger hunt? Share your winter scavenger hunt ideas in the comments area at the bottom of this post.
Wishing you and your kids tons of winter outdoor fun!