Homophone Scavenger Hunt List

Here’s a fun homophone scavenger hunt that’s great for kids or anyone else who’s learning English.

It’s therefore perfect for English teachers, parents who homeschool their kids or ESL teachers to use, although can be just as fun when played in other environments like a youth group.

About Homophones

Before we describe how to organize this scavenger hunt, you may be wondering what homophones are. A quick description is that they’re words that sound the same but have different meanings. For a more thorough definition, see this explanation on Homophone List.

For example, dear and deer are homophones, as are bare and bear. Homophone List also have further examples of common homophones here.

So here’s how to organize the game:

Resources

  • Scavenger hunt list (see below)
  • Pens
  • Cameras (optional)

Preparation

None

Teams

If organizing this homophone activity for English homework, this should be played individually.

However, it could also be played in small teams with a youth group or even in a classroom at school if you want to have students helping each other.

Instructions

Give each of the players a copy of the list below and a pen. Explain that the list contains 20 different words, each of which have a homophone that’s an item of food.

Their first task is work out what all the food-themed homophones are and write them down.

Further Tasks

You should then set them another task – which one you choose will depend on what will work best for your group:

  1. Item – Players have to find and collect an example of each food item
  2. Photo – Players have to find each type of food and take a photo of it (for this option, they’ll obviously need access to a camera – cellphone cameras are fine)

Tip

If choose the first option above and have players physically collect all of the items, set a rule that they can’t bring back any perishable food – that way, food won’t get wasted. The exception would be if you’re playing this at home with your own kids, where you could return food straight to the fridge or freezer.

There are ways that they can get around this. For example, ’fish’ could be a can of tuna fish, ‘meat’ could be beef jerky, etc. An exception can be made for ‘pea’, as the teams will only need to bring one pea, not a whole bag of frozen peas.

List

Here’s the list of 20 words along with their matching homophones. Beneath this is a link to download a free printable copy of the list – that copy is missing the answers as it’s what you’ll be giving the players.

  1. Been / bean
  2. Bury / berry
  3. Bred / bread
  4. Cachou / cashew
  5. Karat / carrot
  6. Serial / cereal
  7. Chilly / chili
  8. Phish / fish
  9. Flower / flour
  10. Gored / gourd
  11. Deuce / juice
  12. Meet / meat
  13. Mince / mints
  14. Mustered / mustard
  15. Pair / pear
  16. Pee / pea
  17. Source / sauce
  18. Cede / seed
  19. Tee / tea
  20. Time / thyme

Printable Homophone Scavenger Hunt List

Chemistry Scavenger Hunt Worksheet – Food Elements Part 2

If you’re a teacher or home-school parent who wants to plan a fun activity for a science lesson, here’s a chemistry scavenger hunt idea you can use that’s based on the periodic table.

It continues on from the first of our ideas with this theme, but has a new set of clues and a new free printable worksheet – it’s still perfect for either using in the classroom or for handing out as a piece of science homework.

Here’s a quick recap for how to organize this activity:

Resources

  • Worksheet (see below)
  • Periodic table
  • Pens

Preparation

There’s no preparation needed for this periodic table activity.

Instructions

Give your kids a copy of the worksheet which has 10 sets of different elements.

Explain to them that their task is to find each of the elements on the periodic table and then write down their symbols in the same order.

When read together, each set of symbols will spell out a word – in this case, each word is a type of food.

Chemistry Scavenger Hunt Worksheet

As mentioned above, here’s a list of 10 sets of elements for you to use, as well as the answers for each one.

Beneath this list is a link for the free printable worksheet – please feel free to print as many copies as you need for each of the kids in your classroom.

1. Praline

Praseodymium, aluminum, iodine, neon

2. Honey

Holmium, neon, yttrium

3. Stew

Sulfur, tellurium, tungsten

4. Onion

Oxygen, nickel, oxygen, nitrogen

5. Raisins

Radium, iodine, silicon, nitrogen, sulfur

6. Yams

Yttrium, americium, sulfur

7. Olives

Oxygen, lithium, vanadium, einsteinium

8. Herbs

Helium, rubidium, sulfur

9. Snickers

Tin, iodine, carbon, potassium, erbium, sulfur

10. Pasta

Phosphorus, arsenic, tantalum

Printable Chemistry Scavenger Hunt Worksheet – Food Elements Part 2