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Free Printable Back to School Scavenger Hunt

This free printable back to school scavenger hunt is the perfect activity to get kids back into the school spirit! All you need is a printer, some paper and tape. It’s quick and easy to put together and will keep your kids or students entertained and working together.

free printable back to school scavenger hunt

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This free printable back to school scavenger hunt is perfect for playdates, classroom activities, library activities and more! It is simple to set up and can be reset over and over so that the fun continues as long as the kids are still interested!

Materials needed:

  • Free printable download of the school themed graphics and checklist page (download link located at the bottom of this post)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Crayons, markers or pencils
  • Lamination machine and laminating sheets (completely optional!)

The first thing you will need to do is print out the large school themed graphics onto two pieces of paper. For mine, I had plans of laminating and reusing the scavenger hunt items over and over and so I made sure to print onto white cardstock.

However, regular printer paper works just as well!

Once printed, cut out all of the items along the dotted lines.

scavenger hunt objects

This step is completely optional, but I decided to laminate the pictures to add another level of durability since I wanted to be able to reuse the scavenger hunt multiple times.

This is very similar to the lamination machine that I have and I love it. I definitely look for any excuse I can to laminate something!

Favorite Printable Supplies:

These are a few of my favorite supplies that I use for printable games and activities:

  • White Cardstock: For most projects, I recommend printing onto cardstock. It is much more durable than standard printer paper and often produces a higher quality print.
  • Crayons: A staple in any crafting household. Crayola is always the top notch choice!
  • Kid Friendly Safety Scissors: These are perfect for little kids learning how to use scissors. They cut paper but not fingers or hair!
  • Glue Sticks: These disappearing purple glue sticks are by far my favorite! I love buying them in bulk since we use them so often!
  • Lamination Machine: Laminating printables are a great way to make them last longer. If you are planning on laminating to make games reusable, be sure to get a bunch of dry erase markers as well.
  • Dry Erase Pockets: Dry erase pockets are a great alternative to using a lamination machine when wanting to make printable games and activities reusable.
  • Printer: A high quality printer is always recommended for the best results. If you are in need of a printer this Brother Wireless Printer is a great choice.
laminating pictures

Once the images are cut out you can go around the house, yard, classroom, library etc. and begin hiding them. I used tape and placed them in areas such as the fence, the deck, a slide etc.

Depending on the age of kids playing, you can make the scavenger hunt easier or harder.

Finally, give each person a checklist so that they can check off each item as they find it. You can print the last page of the printable pdf as many times as needed.

hanging up pictures

Once all of the items have been checked off, the scavenger hunt is over! After the first round, my kids and their friends each took turns hiding and finding the pictures over and over again.

clipboards and crayons

Free Printable Back to School Scavenger Hunt

This scavenger hunt was designed to be printed onto standard 8.5×11 inch printer paper or cardstock.

Included in the set is:

  • Two pages of school themed pictures (crayons, pencil, apple, school, painting palette, backpack, notebook paper, scissors, ruler, books)
  • One checklist page that can be printed multiple times depending on how many kids will be playing.

Feel free to download and print as many copies of the scavenger hunt as you would like. However, please do not edit or redistribute the files in any way. This game was created for personal or classroom use only.

back to school scavenger hunt free printable

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