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

Christmas Scavenger Hunt For Kids

If you want to organize a festive activity for your children that’s easy to plan, here’s a great Christmas scavenger hunt for kids that you can use.

Here’s how to play it:

Resources

  • Pen (optional)
  • Paper (optional)

Preparation

None. See, we told you it was easy to plan!

Rules

It’s quite simple really – explain to your kids that their challenge is to find Santa Claus in as many different types of places as they can.

With older kids, don’t give them much (or any) guidance – have them try to find the different images of Santa for themselves.

Younger kids might need some additional help though, so we have a list of suggestions below.

List

Here are some ideas of different places that your children might be able to find Santa:

  1. Christmas tree ornament
  2. Mall Santa
  3. Christmas card
  4. Yard decoration
  5. TV advert
  6. Coca-Cola bottle
  7. Gift labels
  8. Christmas party invitation
  9. Clothing
  10. Book
  11. Stocking
  12. Candy wrapper
  13. Wrapping paper
  14. Billboard
  15. Dollar store ornament
  16. Blanket
  17. Stuffed toy
  18. Advent calendar

This isn’t a comprehensive list – they’ll hopefully be able to find him in even more places.

Type Of Scavenger Hunt

If you’re splitting the players into teams, it can be played as an item scavenger hunt – this is where teams have to collect the items with Santa on them. This would mean some of the ideas listed above wouldn’t be viable, as they’re unlikely to be able to bring a mall Santa or billboard home with them!

If you’re playing this together as one group (or with just one child), you can still have them collect the items. Alternatively, play it as an observational scavenger hunt, which means that they only need to see the different Santas rather than collect them. This is where a pen and some paper might be useful, so that they can keep track of how many different places they saw him.

Prize

If you want to offer a prize at the end of this Christmas scavenger hunt, see if you can find some candy for your kids that has Santa on the wrapper.

Other Ideas

We have loads more Christmas scavenger hunt ideas, lists, riddles and clues – check out all of them here!