Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt Ideas – Yard Ornaments

If the weather’s nice and you want your kids to be outdoors, here’s a fun neighborhood scavenger hunt idea that you can play with them.

This is also a great activity to do with a youth group, especially if you want to encourage them to get out in the community a little more.

Here’s how to play it:

Resources

  • Pen
  • Paper

Preparation

None

Teams

If playing this with your kids, there’s no need to have teams (unless you have many children and want to make it competitive!).

If playing with a youth group, split them into a few smaller teams (depending on how large your group is) and have at least one volunteer with them.

If you work with older young people, a volunteer may not necessarily be required, but it’s still recommended as it gives them a chance to build relationships with the youth.

Instructions

Explain that their task is to find as many different yard ornaments in your neighborhood as they can. Have them write down each one as they find it.

List

Alternatively, provide the players / teams with a list of yard ornaments that they have to find. You could put anything on it, but here are 10 items that could go on a scavenger hunt list:

  1. Pink flamingo
  2. Lighthouse
  3. Mushroom
  4. Squirrel
  5. Garden gnome
  6. Turtle
  7. Chicken
  8. Butterfly
  9. Frog
  10. Christmas yard ornament that was never taken down

Winner

Whichever player or team finds the most different ornaments.

Prize

If you’re playing with a youth group, give each of the players on the winning team a handful of these mini pink flamingos for fun.

If you liked this idea, we have loads more scavenger hunts for your neighborhood, for kids and for youth groups.

Water Photo Scavenger Hunt Idea

Here’s a fun water photo scavenger hunt idea that can be used with people of any age – for kids at school, youth groups and even with adults!

Here’s how to play it:

Resources

  • Pen & paper (optional)
  • Cameras (cell phone cameras are fine)

Preparation

None

Location

Anywhere!

Teams

If you’re setting this as a homework assignment for school kids, it should be done individually.

Otherwise, this game can be played individually or in small teams – it depends on how large your group is.

Instructions

The players’ task is to find as many different examples of water in everyday life as they can. As it’s a photo scavenger hunt, they need to take a picture of each example that they can think of.

Examples

Here are some examples of different water items and sources that they might identify:

  • Puddle
  • Lake
  • Stream
  • Reservoir
  • Water bottle
  • Faucet
  • Fountain
  • Car wash
  • Water balloon bursting
  • Super soaker spraying
  • Hosepipe that’s turned on
  • Washing machine that’s running
  • Windscreen wipers in use

Alternatives

If this is being planned as a chemistry or general science scavenger hunt, you could make it an H2O hunt instead – with this option, students would also have to find steam and ice items.

Scoring

Players earn one point for every different water item that they take a photo of.

You could also award bonus points for other factors like funny photos, creativity, artistic merit, etc.

Internet Version

If you’re concerned that some of the players may not have access to a camera (particularly if using with young people from low-income families), you could set this as an internet scavenger hunt instead.

With this option, the players would go online and look for examples of the water sources and items instead. They could then copy and paste the images into a Word document – this can be a good option if wanting to organize this as a classroom activity.

Other Water Games

If you’re organizing this scavenger hunt for a youth group or birthday party, check out our sister site Youth Workin’ It for 10 other water games that are perfect for using with young people.