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

Wedding Photo Scavenger Hunt

If you’re planning a wedding for yourself or someone else, here’s a fun scavenger hunt idea you can use that everyone at the wedding reception can take part in.

It’s a great way to get unique lasting memories for the bride and groom, while also being a good icebreaker for people sitting at the same table who may never have met each other before.

Here’s how to organize it:

Resources

Preparation

Given how busy you’ll be preparing a wedding, there’s thankfully not much preparation needed to organize this scavenger hunt.

All you need to do is ensure that every table at the wedding reception has a copy of the list and a pen. If you want, you could also provide disposable cameras for each table, although that’s not essential as people could use the cameras they already have with them.

Instructions

Advise the wedding guests at the reception that you’ve organized a photo scavenger hunt for them to take part in. This can either be done by the MC or by leaving a note on each table with the other resources.

Explain that there’s a list on each table containing 15 scenes you’d like them to take a picture of. Their task is to take all 15 photos throughout the reception, either using the disposable cameras (if you’ve provided them) or their digital cameras / smartphones.

Photos

If you’ve chosen to use disposable cameras, ask the guests to leave them on their tables at the end of the wedding reception and arrange for someone to collect them and develop the photos.

For digital photos taken by guests using their own cameras, set up either a Flickr group or Facebook group where they can upload their photos. This also has the benefit of guests being able to see each other’s photos, plus it’ll be cheaper than developing pictures from disposables.

Photo List

Here’s a wedding photo scavenger hunt list of 15 different scenes for the guests to take photos of.

Beneath this is a link for a free printable copy of the list – please feel free to print as many copies as you need for your wedding.

  1. Bride and groom kissing
  2. Flowers
  3. Two kids dancing
  4. Table centerpiece
  5. Bride hugging someone who’s not the groom
  6. Groom giving a speech
  7. Bride and groom dancing
  8. People toasting the married couple
  9. Someone laughing
  10. The wedding cake being cut
  11. Group photo of everyone at your table
  12. Couple who have been married the longest
  13. Someone crying
  14. The official photographer taking a photo
  15. Wedding rings

Printable Wedding Photo Scavenger Hunt List