10 Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt Clues

If you want to plan a fun indoor activity on Thanksgiving Day – or in the week leading up to it – here are 10 Thanksgiving scavenger hunt clues you can use.

These rhyming clues will lead your kids to different places around the house. We’ve also provided a free printable worksheet below with these clues on.

Here’s how to organize it:


  • Scavenger hunt clues (see below)
  • 10 Thanksgiving-themed items (or pictures of the items)
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape


Hide all 10 of the items in the locations listed below.

On each of the items, stick the clue for the next thing that your kids will need to find. i.e. attach the 2nd clue for the sweet potato to the turkey, the 3rd clue for the pumpkin to the sweet potato, etc.


Explain to your kids that they’re going to be playing a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt. Give them the first clue and have them go find the turkey.

When they’ve found that, they’ll have the second clue – get them to keep going until they’ve found all 10 Thanksgiving items.


  • You don’t have to be too literal with the items. For example, you don’t have to hide a frozen turkey – a turkey plush toy is fine. Otherwise, print off images of all the items and stick those up instead.
  • Some items might be hidden in similar places, such as the pumpkin in the bath / cornucopia in the bathroom. In those instances, try to use different rooms (although it might not be possible if you only have one bathroom)


If you want to offer a prize, why not give them a bag of candy corn seeing as that’s the final clue’s item.


Here is the list of 10 Thanksgiving scavenger hunt clues for kids. It lists all 10 items that you need, as well as where they should be hidden / placed.

Beneath this is a free printable scavenger hunt sheet with all these same clues on.

1. Turkey – Oven

You’re looking for a turkey
A gobble is its sound
The place where it will get cooked
Is where it can be found

2. Sweet potato – Top shelf of a book case

Next up is a sweet potato
That’s sometimes made into a pie
You will be able to find this
Where our books are stored way up high

3. Pumpkin – In the bath

A pumpkin is your third item
This famous orange squash
And it is currently hidden
The place where you go wash

4. Football – Dishwasher

A football is what’s up next
Which is an item that gets kicked
It is sitting on a rack
Where you put things that have been licked

5. Scarecrow – Closet / wardrobe

Next up is a scarecrow
The friend of Tinman and Lion
He’s been put in the place
Shirts go once pressed by an iron

6. Corn – Curtains / blinds

Your sixth Thanksgiving clue
Will help you find some corn
So look on the items
That at night will get drawn

7. Cranberry – In or under a pillow

A cranberry’s what you need now
A fruit that is small and red
Hopefully it isn’t squished
As it’s where you lay your head

8. Cornucopia – Bathroom

Where is the cornucopia?
Well, here is your clue
It’s in the room that contains what
The British call a loo!

9. Pine cone – Front door

A pine cone is an item
In the fall you will often see
This one has been attached to
What is opened with a key

10. Candy corn – Sofa or another chair

Your tenth and final Thanksgiving clue
Is really kind of sweet
As you’re looking for some candy corn
Where you might take a seat

Printable Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt Clues

Thanksgiving Photo Scavenger Hunt Ideas

If you’d like to organize a fun activity this fall, here are some ideas you can use for a Thanksgiving photo scavenger hunt.

This is a game that can be played with kids, adults or as a family. Here’s how to do it:


  • Cameras
  • Pens (optional)
  • Paper (optional)




Due to the nature of the tasks in this scavenger hunt, it’s best to play it as individuals rather than in teams.


Give each of the players a camera – cell phone cameras are fine to use. The pen and paper are optional depending on which of the ideas you choose.

Explain that as it’s Thanksgiving, their task is to take photos of things that they’re thankful for.

Once the game’s over, show each person’s set of photos and have them explain why they’re thankful for each one.

Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Here are some further ideas of ways to organize this game:

1. Free To Choose – Allow the players to take photos of anything that they’re thankful for

2. List Of Items – Give the players a list of categories that they have to take photos of but where they choose the specific things they’re thankful for.

For example, you could give them the following list using the pen and paper and have them take photos of their favorite items for each of these categories:

  • Food
  • Animal
  • Person
  • Album
  • Book
  • Movie
  • Piece of clothing
  • Sports team
  • Store
  • Beverage
  • Toy
  • Place

They may need to get a little creative if they can’t take a photo of the item in person. For example, if their favorite place is Disneyland, a photo of a souvenir from when they visited would be OK to use.

3. You Only Get One Shot… – Make the game a little more challenging by only allowing them to take one photo. They therefore have to collect all the items together and fit all of them within the one photo.

If you liked these suggestions, be sure to check out all of our other Thanksgiving scavenger hunts.